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Sheriff clarifies license still required to carry weapon on Silver Comet Trail
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August 08, 2014 09:38 PM | 2834 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding Sheriff Gary Gulledge said Friday he wanted to clarify that all must follow state law and have a license to carry a gun before having one on the Silver Comet Trail.

Social media sites have been abuzz with misinformation about carrying weapons since an attacker seriously injured Dallas resident Tina Waddell as she walked on the trail between the Paulding Chamber of Commerce and Drummond trailheads July 29.

No arrests have been made despite a $20,000 reward announced Thursday for the suspect's arrest and conviction.

Gulledge spoke with County Attorney Jayson Phillips and reviewed state law, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

"In short, any citizen who has a valid Georgia Weapons Carry License is allowed to carry a firearm on the Silver Comet Trail," the release stated.

The law states any person with a valid weapons carry license in Georgia "may carry a weapon in all

parks, historic sites, or recreational areas" unless federal law prohibits it.

If a person does not have a valid carry license then they cannot by law carry a firearm on the trail and are violating Georgia law, the release stated.

Those with questions can contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3010.

Those interested in obtaining a Georgia Weapons Carry License can contact the Paulding County Probate Court at (770) 443-7541.

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