Hollywood Should Think Twice About Shooting in Heavily-Armed Georgia

Hollywood Should Think Twice About Shooting

Watch TV lately and it’s hard to miss the little peach logo indicating the program was shot in Georgia. And shooting, of a different kind, is something with which Georgians appear particularly enamored, having just enacted the U.S.’ most permissive gun law — one that allows good ol’ boys and gals to pack concealed heat just about anywhere, from taverns to schools.

Now, given Hollywood’s complicated relationship with violence — pop culture is accused of contributing to the problem every time some mass shooting renews lobbying efforts for sensible gun control — this raises an interesting question: Would the town’s famously liberal element consider making a statement by saying, in essence, while you’re certainly welcome to turn your otherwise verdant state into one big gun range, we’d just as soon take our business elsewhere?

It’s no great mystery why productions have found their way to Georgia and other nearby locales, such as Louisiana. These states have aggressively pursued tax incentives to lure filmmakers, and feature right-to-work laws that facilitate nonunion shoots.

Notably, Georgia was the scene of the movie “Midnight Rider,” where an accident claimed the life of camera assistant Sarah Jones in February, setting off a vigorous debate about dangers associated with cutting corners on safety concerns.

Still, while many Hollywood honchos are quick to express passion on the subject of guns, nothing puts a spring in their step more than fattening the bottom line.

As a consequence, Georgia is teeming with production. The state is home to a number of series where the deceased perambulate (“The Walking Dead,” “Resurrection”) and witches and vampires cavort (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”). It also serves as a cut-rate stand-in for Beverly Hills (“Devious Maids”) and hosts multiple series produced by Tyler Perry, to name just a few.

Yet politically, few issues are as unifying among liberals as gun control, especially after galvanizing events like the mass slaying of schoolchildren at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. In a special issue of Variety following that tragedy, a wide assortment of industry voices weighed in, with many saying it was past time to restore sanity to U.S. gun policy.

Congress, however, failed to act, and the urgency surrounding the issue faded. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Assn., having effectively strategized to thwart legislation, has been aggressive in pushing to relax gun laws further, targeting uncooperative politicians with recalls.

With gun-control proponents floundering for a legislative remedy, perhaps an economic blow, such as relocating Georgia-based productions to a less-armed camp, would at least send a message. Moreover, beyond mere political considerations, here are two pragmatic ones: Do producers really relish the thought of their stars and crews hanging out in a place where guns are so prevalent — where that loudmouth at the next table might very well be one beer away from letting a few shots fly? And doesn’t what opponents have dubbed the “guns everywhere” bill make talent think twice about committing to a project that requires bunking down in Georgia for months, even years?

Of course, film commissions are nothing if not creative in seeking to exploit every possible advantage, so one suspects this argument will receive a pretty good workout either way. While studios are traditionally penny-pinching in choosing locations — going where they can secure the most expedient deal — if they choose to situate their productions in a state that has proudly decided to dial back its gun policy to frontier days, then they have exposed their priorities, despite any claims to the contrary.

Because when it comes to backing up one’s position in favor of gun control, those still opting to lens in Georgia are, as they say down South, all hat, and no cattle.

Oh, and those peach pits? Turns out they might actually be shell casings.

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  1. The 479 grip says:

    Your liberals are fine with our gun laws. Every crew I’ve been on with LA coworkers, I’ve seen them going and buying guns they can’t purchase in LA. They don’t have a problem
    with it, YOU DO! This variety writer shouldn’t get their panties in a wad. Georgia is #1 in feature filmmaking. Get over it.

  2. Jack says:

    It is, truly, quite interesting now. My comment (one of several) was deleted by Variety, though it was tame to what is written in almost every comment below (aside from Mr Cummings, the lone agreeing party to the author).

    Perhaps it is because I mentioned key words of
    and a few other colorful, but poignant adjectives. “But, the dialog itself was valuable, at least to me. It presented a mentality from people we would possibly hire or work with, if deciding to shoot in Georgia.”-Mr Cummings. That is incredible that you would write/say that “in this day and age”…to quote another one of your cliches, Mr. Cummings.

    This article is click bait, clear and simple. Great job, Mr Lowry. Oh, and let’s not ignore the very educated and caring statements by the author and lone agreeing party regarding Sarah Jones – how dare you even bring up a tragedy that had nothing to do with a state…nor a gun. How dare either of you bring her at ALL into this pile of rubbish called journalism.

    Oh, and for the record, I’m a Californian.

  3. Chuck Borden says:

    This article is all over the place. What does an accident on Midnight Rider have to do with gun control or tax incentives? What does the fact that many productions moving to do their projects where they want have anything to do with it as well? What happened to good ole fashion reporting, just the facts. Productions have moved to states like Georgia and Louisiana because they offer a good environment with incentives, not that they have less gun control laws. Investigative reporting does not exist anymore and the media just uses it for their own wants/needs and to push their agendas. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you are on with the gun control issue and the tax incentives, reporters owe it to the readers to stick to the facts and stop with their own personal beliefs. That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth.

  4. GA Best Boy

    When I said, “Get Over It”, I hope you understand, I was referring to the comments on finger pointing regarding Georgia crews, certainly not to the death of Ms. Jones.

    Thanks for the head ups!

    Geoffingeorgia, I never lived in Georgia, never claimed any great morality, just 40 years in this business and counting.

  5. Looking at the list of productions Mr. Cummings touts, it seems he’s more than once made money glorifying gun violence, often filming around Georgia (though almost never IN Georgia) and makes a peculiar example of himself as a person who hypocritically makes money off the mythology of guns without having any real knowledge of guns. Whatever his claims of training, his mindset and CV show he’s perfectly willing to perpetuate fanciful portrayal of guns in order to pad his wallet.

    Secondly he claims to have made his decision to not film in GA in the future because of a risk of law abiding citizens being armed, but then points out the artistic integrity of “needing” to shoot in Detroit; a city demonstrably more likely to get himself or a crew member shot by actual criminals in a random shooting– no offense Detroit, we’re just talking facts, here.

    I’d cal BS on this ridiculous claim of his moral standing getting the better of his bank account; after all, this is a man whom lists Miami Vice and Passenger 57 in his credits. Further he intends to film in Florida instead of GA, because of law abiding gun carriers, which shows he doesn’t know a thing about gun laws or carrying habits, as Florida has over a MILLION registered CCW holders, to Georgia’s few thousand, and his ignorance of Kennesaw’s LONG standing law that heads-of-households are required to own a firearm – this is neither new, nor a state law. (Also, if he was scared to film in Villa Rica, he’s gonna pee his pants in New Orleans)

    Meanwhile he repeatedly denigrates “below-the-line” crew as being too stupid or emotional to hold intelligent opinions. And well we should listen to. Here is a man who has worked on as many features in his decades in this business as I have in my…4 years…okay, well maybe the real story here is that (as often happens with many, MANY people in the movie biz we’ve run into someone who’s maybe padded their resumes, or possibly just gotten used to patting themselves on the back for producing forgettable garbage (or worse, unforgettable garbage)

    And he also claims to have lived in GA for 25 years and have family here. So apparently the monetary rewards of fiming shoot-em-ups is okay for him, but not his family. Later he also says he lives in LA for some time. Lives in LA, won’t shoot in LA.

    Some may appreciate your hollow, insincere gesture of wishing our number of productions to grow (and it has, we’ve made more features in each of the last 3 years than LA and NY combined).

    We’re all thrilled that you won’t film here Mr. Cummings, and I, for one, sincerely hope, in order to maintain your high moral ground, you only work on low budget productions that wouldn’t qualify for the tax incentives for the rest of your career
    No one cares about you, go be irrelevant somewhere else

  6. In response to GA Best Boy, let me be clear on a couple of topic’s most below-the-line personnel have continued to comment about.

    1. As I’ve stated in past comments other than relating to this topic, the death of anyone on a shoot or set is a tragedy and clearly the responsibility of management or the production company. I don’t care where their base of operation is. Anyone with time in the business knows, directing people to engage in “hotshot” dangerous production is flat out wrong! This subject has no relevance to my comments within this article. As the facts emerged on the tragic event, it was clearly pointed out the production company was LA based using various Georgia crew members, which is how the state incentive works. Get over it, no one is pointing a finger at your crews.

    2. The State of Georgia announced from the Governor’s office the signing of the open gun law bill. It was broadcasted on network news with a bit of showmanship. My group brought it up during a production meeting while discussing a possible location shoot in Villa Rica, Georgia. Two days later, Brian Lowry posted the article. I responded with my thoughts, anticipating some concrete information to better understand the issue at hand. Instead, I received emotionally charged childish comments from several of the below-line-personnel. Say what you want, but since the Governor’s office boasted about this new law, they should have informed the public properly regarding a sensitive issue at a time when gun control is at the forefront of discussion. The State of Georgia presented this, not me or Mr. Lowry.

    3. To answer your questions, NO, I’m not going to conduct due diligence on the states we’re looking to shoot in. I’ll choose the location, which is my option, that will best fit the needs of the production. With comments received from various crew members in your state, trust me, they’re not very inviting if your looking to increase business. As I mentioned, I don’t shoot in LA, so any remarks about bringing business back to LA is irrelevant when addressing me, I just live here.

    I have since, educated myself on your bill, I still don’t agree with it, but it doesn’t concern me anyway. The openness or reasons for the passage is still up for debate, unless your crime rate has escalated to an uncontrollable level. If this is the case and there is a feeling of insecurity among the people in the state, maybe those of us in production should consider other locations if these attitudes and emotions written on this topic continue.

    Without continually repeating myself on this topic, I wish you all the success and hope the momentum of production continues…now, I need to get to work and find a location.

    • GA Best Boy says:

      Don’t know if you will care to revisit this topic, but since you felt the need to respond to me, I shall do the same:
      1) I apologize if you felt I was referring to your comments when I mentioned the author using Sarah’s death in his column. I assumed you would realize that some of my response was directed to your comments and another portion of it was directed to the column as a whole. But I see the producer coming out in you with your comment for me to “get over it.” I bled and sweated with Sarah for 2 years on a series shot here, and it certainly is not something that any of us in the film community here in Georgia are ready to “get over.” The author mentions her death in an article whose entire purpose is to try and build an argument why productions should shoot somewhere other than GA. Its a blatant attempt to try and pin this horrible accident on the fact it happened in our state.

      2) The Governor’s office announcing the signing of this legislation does not have any relevance to the fact that the main stream media jumped on the story and proceeded to report misinformation and lies about the legislation. You say you expected concrete information regarding the bill after you posted your comments, and several people did indeed try and clarify some points of the legislation for you. The Governor’s office, to my knowledge, did try and inform the public regarding this new law. The fact that the main stream media distorted much of what is in the legislation is no fault of the Governor’s office.

      3) You state that you will not shoot in Georgia because of this new legislation, yet you turn around and say you will not conduct any due diligence regarding the other states you are looking to shoot in. While this of course is your prerogative, it seems completely illogical to me. With a small amount of research, you would easily see that there are a lot of other states with incentives that have similar, or even more liberal gun laws than Georgia. It is simply illogical to say you won’t shoot in one state because you don’t like their gun laws, and then turn around and say you won’t even look at the laws of the other states you might shoot it. Again though, this is certainly your prerogative. As far as comments made on here that you find offensive or childish, I remind you this is an Internet forum. There is little certainty that anyone making those comments even works in this industry. And for those that do and made those comments, well, you are going to find people like that anywhere you go. Georgia is filled with very talented below the line crews, and if you base your decision on not shooting in our state even in part based on comments made by a few people on an internet comment section, then I feel sorry for you. You are missing out on working with some very talented individuals.

      4)The legislation was not passed due to feelings of insecurity among people in our state. Nor was it passed due to crime escalating. It was passed, by an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, because many of the people here in Georgia believe in our constitution, and feel that we have a right to defend ourselves if the need arises. I understand you do not agree with the legislation, as is certainly your right.

      I wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to shoot your next project and I would urge you and other producers to consider Georgia for your productions in the future. I think you will see that this new legislation will do nothing to increase crime in our state. If anything, as proven time and again with these type laws, you might even see a decrease in crime.

      Happy Shooting… ;)

  7. Sean says:

    An extraordinarily poor article! Zero facts and Zero point except for showcasing California’s desperate attempt to try and scare work back into their state. Using Sarah Jones’ death (a train accident caused by the negligence of LA producers) as a factoid is just bad form.

    I live in a city that “requires” you to own a gun, in a state that allows “guns everywhere” – and yet I do not own a gun, the university down the road does not allow guns, my church does not allow guns, the park that I walk my dogs does not allow guns. Why is this? Because a key point in all gun legislation allows citizens and businesses to willfully abstain. And most Georgians do.

    Let us look to the article again and add facts this time. “Do producers really relish the thought of their stars and crews hanging out in a place where guns are so prevalent — where that loudmouth at the next table might very well be one beer away from letting a few shots fly?” Yes, I do believe this is a concern, but California is just as guilty if not more than Southern states in this regard.

    According to CDC reports – Los Angeles alone had 2,935 gun related deaths in 2010. Atlanta just 515.

    Since Newtown in December of 2013 to today, the state of California (with the strictest gun laws in the country) has had 1,440 deaths, while all of Georgia has 390.

    I think I can figure out where producers would feel safer with their leading actors.

    Gun safety is a huge concern in this country and it should be handled with serious consideration and tact, not whimsical misinformation by shoddy opinion columns.

    • steve says:

      Well said. This seems to be yet another sad propaganda attempt to get film back in LA, and the fact that he brings up Sarah is just despicable

  8. Mr. Brian Lowry,

    Thank you, for bringing this topic of discussion about an open gun policy (CCW) in Georgia and if or how it would effect the production community.

    The some 28 responses were eye opening, presenting an interesting insight on the emotional sensitivity of the subject, while revealing attitudes from many readers in Georgia, as well as other production communities.

    To address some of the comments directed at me: I have shot in Georgia, have family members living outside Atlanta, I’ve spent 25 years living in the South and have enjoyed the beauty Georgia, the Carolina’s and other surrounding states have to offer. I‘ve had in-depth conversations with the film commissioner representing the great state of Georgia and have been well aware of the placement of the “Peach” Logo on the credit roll for the opportunity of incentive offerings for many years. Additionally, as an independent production company, we can’t afford to shoot features in California without compromising our budgets; we have to depend on incentives offered by other states. But, state and local laws are always a concern.

    What surprised me in the dialog, were the number of comments comparing LA with Georgia. Those of us who live in LA are well aware of outrageous daily crime; I never would have thought Georgia would be classified at that level. When “Jon” wrote, “his town requires him to carry a weapon” I was shocked. That comment brought up a totally different concern on the region and the level of crime it is apparently experiencing!

    Mr. Egan, presented good points, Smilein Bob, shed light on the state policy, John clarified the bill, HB60, comments from others seemed to be out of resident pride, which is admirable, although, a bit emotional…with due respect, somewhat predictable from Loyalist. But, the dialog itself was valuable, at least to me. It presented a mentality from people we would possibly hire or work with, if deciding to shoot in Georgia.

    Regarding the gun issue overall, I don’t support it in any state. I was raised in a hunting family in Michigan, well trained by the government on weaponry during the Vietnam crisis, but never gravitated to them. However, my son has a small arsenal with certifications and permits, I don’t like it, but it is his right, he’s doing it legally and responsibly.

    Back to point, it seems from the comments this is more of a personal/political issue and major lack of responsible information disseminating from the Governor’s public relations office. When a Governor pens a controversial bill, the cause and effect should have been handled in a manner that calms concerns, not creates concerns. Residents in Georgia, may be totally fine with the policy, but when a state is actively soliciting business outside of its boarders, a level of sensitivity, as well as clear and concise information should be consider.

    Whether someone is concerned about the policy (as I am) or doesn’t care one way or another, the topic was well received on my end. Thanks!

  9. josh says:

    Seriously, who “down south “says “all hat and no cattle “?

  10. Will says:

    Good God. You need to get outside your studio apartment for a minute.

  11. robotpunk says:

    So, the argument here is that productions leery of gun violence should return to Los Angeles? Yeah? OK, cool. I’m just going to let that one marinate for a while.

  12. 1) The incident surrounding Midnight Rider and the death of Sarah Jones was down to the people in charge. Every single member of staff in the GA film industry cares about one thing: safety. I know this all too well, as my wife is a producer here.
    2) I am from Ireland, where you cannot carry a firearm in public. There is still violence, and there is still gun violence. Criminals, by definition, do not follow laws. Bringing in further legislation to restrict/prevent people from carrying a firearm only puts them in more danger. You’ll also find that in a lot of cases, these mass slayings are carried out in gun-free zones. I would imagine that if a potential shooter was to see a sign outside a school saying “Our teachers are armed and trained. If you attempt to injure or maim you will be shot without warning.”, they might think twice.

    I am in no way saying that getting rid of gun-free zones will automatically stop gun crime. Bad people will always do bad things. I am simply saying that the honest, law abiding citizens need to be able to defend themselves when these bad people come along.

    As for Georgias film industry, long may it last.

  13. Ray Brown says:

    Sweet Jesus Brian really? You guys are so bloody desperate out there that you would connect gun laws to film making… How about your gang violence out there? It’s way too dangerous to shoot in LA don’t you think????

  14. Richard says:

    Brian, I am afraid you are not very educated or at the very least didn’t read the actual law that was passed. I have a lot of friends that work in the film industry here in Georgia. In fact I have had talks about the Sarah Jones, but you use it as a talking point in your verbal terror inducing article. Driving people into a frenzy of just pure sensationalism.

    Why must you like so many others try to live others lives? I’m sure that the producers weigh all the pros and cons and Georgia is a beautiful place to shoot. As I am sure that all the actors that obviously stick around have no problem with guns on or off the set. Let people make up their own minds and leave the imaginative prose to the better writers.

  15. john p jenkins says:

    if there woried about gun laws maybe they should quit making movies with guns ah i forgot they like the money

  16. Chris says:

    Everyone should remember that Midnight Rider’s production team and production company was from California. The corners that were cut by the leaders of that productiin were not made by the state or the local crew.

  17. Ben says:

    Nice biased writing. Nothing like some click bait to really get some page views. Sarah Jones was killed by a train not a gun. If her California crew followed the local laws and weren’t in that position, she would be alive today. If you want non union labor then don’t falsely accuse us of being gun freaks.

  18. Ric Reitz says:

    As for Mr. Cummings’ issues… He has the right to take his production wherever he feels it is best. However, the “Wild East” no more exits today than it did yesterday, or in any other region historically. Carry permits will NOT increase disproportionately. NO ONE will be wearing side arms as they did in the “Wild West”. Most public places have and will “Opt Out”. By the way, Democrats (including the leading Gubernatorial candidate) largely voted for the law. And, it is still statistically more dangerous to live and work in LA, NYC, NOLA, Detroit, Chicago and many other cities of merit.

  19. Ric Reitz says:

    So, is this article against guns or tax incentives or safety or just Georgia? Considering that California has a higher level or violent crime (with guns) than Georgia, it can’t be about guns. Considering that California is in the midst of a massive public push to finally get more tax incentives after years of attacking them elsewhere, it can’t be about tax incentives being “bad”. Considering that the people responsible for the death of Sarah Jones on the set of MIDNIGHT RIDER in Georgia were all from California, and who criminally colluded to circumvent state and federal safety laws, it can’t be about lax local safety. Considering that Georgia created a competitive environment for production in order to compete with international tax incentives and partner with Hollywood, it shouldn’t be about making Georgia the villain. Yet, articles like this have clearly targeted Georgia on an emotional level and disregarded logic altogether. Georgia does not trash California or Hollywood. Never has. Never will. Whatever side agendas exist, which are both obvious and numerous, perhaps it would be best to look in the mirror and fix your own house first. Don’t blame others when you don’t.

  20. shoddy reporting georgia doesnt have the weakest gun laws places like PA, AL or even New Hampshire are way more liberal..

  21. Smilein Bob says:

    How about I go ahead a break it down for you in real terms of what this bill did…

    Carrying in bars is Now Opt In instead of Opt Out. Now it is still illegal to be in possession while drinking so you may say hey why would you need that? Well the short answer is it allows DD to maintain positive control of his firearm, it’s a lot easier to steal a firearm from someone vehicle than off their person.

    Church carry Is now an Opt out deal so if the church doesn’t want firearms inside all they have to do is say so like the bars, again it makes it so a someone doesn’t have to leave their firearm unattended in a car where it is much easier to be stolen.

    The school deal allows school boards to choose if they want to have trained and armed personal, Because they have to be trained, on grounds. Well someone already on the grounds that is willing to defend the children or waiting 5 to 15 minutes for the police to show.

    Now for the airport deal… well it was already legal it only covers the areas before you run into tsa agents, and that if you wish to go past them they hold your firearm and don’t give you any grief about it. So nothing there has changed it just has be set clear so there is not doubt about it.

    So to sum things up bars and churches and pretty much anywhere else can still say no firearms allowed if they wish to, schools can if they choose to have staff trained and armed to help deter shooters and stop them if it does happen, and nothing what so ever has changed with airports. But let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story

  22. Mr. Egan,

    Point well taken!

    The fact remains, opening up the “wild west in the Southeast” adds to an uncomfortable feeling when producing any kind of a project (a least to me). Georgia was a strong contender for one of our projects, but the basic mentality of this open gun policy became a concern, and knocked it off the list. One of my main investment groups is based in Atlanta, I get it.

    On the other hand, another project we’re producing is slated to be shot in Detroit, which has created several safety concerns, insurance questions and careful coordination with law enforcement, but I like and need the certain locations. At least in Detroit, I’m prepared for the worst, but in Georgia, I think they went backwards not forward (in my opinion) which is a concern in this day and age.

    I know people love their guns and the majority are truly responsible with the handling of firearms, as well as being good citizens, It’s that one hothead or nut case that becomes a threat in an open gun mentality, which is too risky for me. I have to make a movie, keep everyone safe, return a profit to investors, deal with the unions, satisfy distributors, plus a ton of other issues…I don’t need the thought of a gun toting region added to my ‘plate’.

    There are so many other fine areas to work in, Georgia is just no longer on the list. I live in LA, have another office in Orlando and love to work in North Carolina. I can’t afford to shoot in LA because of taxes and other extreme costs impacting my budgets. I have to take my business where I feel most comfortable and can experience an incentive to satisfy investors…now I don’t have to worry about putting a ‘Peach’ logo in the credit roll.

  23. Randy says:

    Great click bait. Heavy on emotion, light on facts. You did it kid.

  24. bitter trekkie says:

    Statistically speaking, you are highly unlikely to die by gunshot (whether murder, accident or suicide) if you a) do not own a gun or b) do not have a friend or family member who owns a gun.

    So take yourself out of the gun culture and you’re pretty safe. If Hollywood crews want to avoid real-world shootouts, they should simply associate with each other while in Red America, and not pal around with locals.

    Sure, you could get killed in crossfire. You could also die in a car crash or get hit by a bus. There are dangers all over America, no need to get hysterical about just one. I’d bet that the average Hollywood crew member is far more likely to get killed in a vehicular mishap than anything to do with a gun, even in Georgia.

  25. Walter Egan says:

    Interesting deduction Mr. Cummings. Your company won’t shoot in Georgia (pardon the pun) due to liability risk. Fair enough. Then where? Hollywood? Surely you realize the chance of a stray round buzzing past you is far greater anywhere in the golden state than Georgia. In fact, with CA’s tight control on firearms, we are still rated 5th in the state for gun violence compared to 16th for Georgia. That’s according to FBI statistics by percentage of population by the way. But even with guns out of the equation, your talent is at far greater risk of succumbing to injury or worse by an errant vehicle driven by a texting driver in CA as opposed to GA. I realize you never said you were in CA so forgive my assumption. My point being that if liability is your concern, don’t you think your people would be safer in Georgia than CA? With all due respect, your company should probably base liability risk on proven facts and thorough statistics rather than opinion and feelings. You may not like people owning firearms but the chances of being shot by one is infinitesimally smaller than being run over by one. Best wishes wherever you wind up.

  26. Jessica says:

    Has it really come to this? To argue about removing production because of gun laws have changed is ludicrous and pardon me but is as relevant as comparing peaches to hats. As a freelancer who is looking to move to the great state of Georgia, I find this article to be insulting and poorly researched. Oh yes – productions should continue to make their shows and films that utilize fake ammo and machine guns on sets in L.A. that support the 1% and promote gun violence to youth instead of helping a local economy in a struggling state…

  27. Interesting, you’re writing about this “Guns Free” ruling the Governor of Georgia sign into law a few weeks back. You’re right, Hollywood has said much about it.

    As far as our company is concerned, we will not shoot any projects in Georgia, directly because of this new ruling. In a recent production meeting, we discussed the issue of “liability risk” because of that law. I for one, cannot risk a stray round buzzing past us on a hot set from a nearby church.

    Personally, I believe the 2nd Amendment is the most politically twisted amendment on the ‘books’ and things have dramatically changed since 1791 when it was enter into law. If we we’re invaded then a “regulated Militia” (farmers) can protect and join a “Militia bearing arms to protect the State”. I wouldn’t bet on that happening too soon. The gun issues is grossly misinterpreted.

    But, that’s not about making films. My concern is an increase in liability to cast and crew (I have enough to worry about). We maintain, if production was free, we’d still (from a liability and insurance position) have to pass on Georgia. There are 41 other states offering some sort of incentives, the “Peach State” has officially been checked off our list of considered locations or stages.

    • Brad says:

      I have lived in Georgia for 36 years. Since the new law was passed I haven’t had a single bullet whiz past me. Really strange because it never happened before the law was passed. Do you really think everybody here has a gun? Do you really think that somebody gets a little drunk and just starts shooting? Come on man that sounds so ignorant.

      I am glad you feel that way though. I would hate for you to come to this beautiful state to film and fall in love with it. Then your ignorant ass would want to stay.

    • Scott says:

      I would have to agree with Walter Egan. Your “concern” seems to be based purely on knee-jerk reactions rather than statistical facts. Have you actually asked your insurance agents to look at actuary tables for Georgia? if not, you are making ill-informed business choices based on emotion and misinformation. Speaking from Southern Illinois, where we see that decades of tight gun control has had no bearing on violence in Chicago, I can say that the recent passage of concealed carry here has raised the numerical odds of a legal weapon being in someone’s vicinity considerably more than the changes in Georgia have, yet we have no businesses refusing to do work here and our insurance companies are not suddenly raising rates because of some unproven new risk factor. Considering that Georgia’s changes have only increased overall “exposure” to the presence of legal ccw by an extremely small amount, mathematically you should be more concerned about whether concealed carry exists at all there. Since it is now in all 50 states in some form or another, and there seem to be no issues for anyone else, I would have to call “bs” on your reasoning, and say that you seem to be affected more by your seeming contempt for all Georgians as dangerous “rednecks” than any actual risk factor. I will remember that the next time I see portrayals of gang warfare in LA on a TV show or the news(maybe in the next hour or two?)

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