Mr. Walden: First, let me say that I do not always agree with you but thoroughly enjoy reading your columns.
Second, let me say that I am a card carrying member of the NRA and a Second Amendment fan.
That being said and with reference to “Pistol Packing Peter”, I must agree with you that there are places where it is not a good idea to have the average person carrying. We may not agree where, but there are some ... like football games.
My real message is that I was amazed at how simple it is to obtain a concealed carry permit in Georgia. I recently moved here from Texas and applied for a CHL at the local probate court. They took my money and sent me out to UPS to be digitally fingerprinted. (Why does UPS need that skill?). A week later, my license showed up. However, I felt it necessary to take a course at Southwest Georgia Technical College so I would have some idea of the dos and don'ts. I contrast this experience with Texas. I had to take a 10- hour classroom session on deadly force and qualify with my weapon on the range before the license was issued. I also had to take a four hour refresher and requalify every four years. Seems to me Texas has a better idea .. .yet they reciprocate with Georgia. I believe the requirements should be tightened up here in Georgia.
One other thing, I understood from my SWGTC course that I could carry in a bar or restaurant but that I could not use any alcohol while carryin g .... seems a real good rule if ever followed.