Festival Vice President Stacy Campbell told WMAZ at 1 p.m. on Tuesday that guns won’t be allowed in the park or at the street festival.
Then at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Campbell told us, “We are reviewing all polices for the 2017 festival to ensure compliance with state law.”
This festival released a statement Tuesday about guns in the park after a Gwinnett man emailed county officials challenging the policy.
Campbell's email on Tuesday cited a Fulton County Superior Court ruling on a lawsuit filed by GeorgiaCarry.org against the Atlanta Botanical Gardens as supporting the festival's policy. The recent court decisions says a private entity that is leasing public property can prohibit guns.
The concept "that public property is converted into private property when leased to a private entity - has been the governing law in Georgia for more than 50 years," the Fulton judge wrote last year.
The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that they're still discussing the Cherry Blossom guns issue with county attorneys.
“All of that is still being looked at,” Bibb Sheriff David Davis said. “The part about being at the park, they have that barricaded off, there will be signage, so if someone does come in with a firearm, they may be asked to leave.”
Davis says it would be stretch a to apply the same ruling to the street party.
“In my view, there’s nothing that would prohibit someone from carrying a firearm if they have a license,” Davis said. “The street party is on the street. It’s on public property it’s on the street.”
Last spring, a Macon family was detained and then escorted from the property for openly carrying weapons at the park.