Organizers canceled a music festival in Atlanta on Monday in part due to Georgia’s gun laws, sources told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will no longer be taking place this year”, festival Share on Twitter. “We are looking forward to reunited in September and hope we can all get back to enjoying the festival together soon.”
Two sources said the cancellation was related to a legal fallout from a 2014 law that expanded the areas in which gun owners are allowed to carry. Journal-Constitution.
Year 2014 Safe Carry Protection Act allows gun owners to carry guns in most public areas without restrictions.
Law, passed by the Government afterwards. Nathan Deal (R), also allows school districts and religious figures to decide whether to permit the use of guns in their schools or places of worship.
The Midtown Music Festival has historically banned weapons, but the 2014 law, known by critics as a “guns everywhere,” could complicate festival rules because of the lack of restrictions on public areas such as Piedmont Park.
The sources added that the owners of the festival, which will host tens of thousands of attendees at Piedmont Park, are worried about being sued if they restrict guns at the event and artists cancel their appearance if weapons are allowed.
The cancellation comes months after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, pushed the gun debate back to the forefront of politics.