Atlanta Mid Town Music festival canceled as gun laws in state won't allow them to ban weapons

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Binman4OSU

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According to the story many of them have it in their contract that guns be banned from the venues. And I don’t blame them.
Venue is on public land, New Law will NOT allow for Guns carry to be banned on Public land, there for the Concert can not enforce most clauses in artist contracts of a venue with no guns allowed.

This concert has been going on since 1994 in Atlanta and different venues and since 2011 has been occurring at the Same Venue . Up until the recent law changed. Georgia Gov Kemp signed a new Constitutional Carry Law into effect on April 12, 2022. As of that law, since this is public land, the temporary user of the land can no longer enforce a gun ban because it is public land. Without a gun ban, artist will not sign contracts to perform as most of them have it as a rider requirement in their standard contracts.

This was all brought to a head by a Pro Gun Activist who is challenging these types of things across the country in courts.



Though Live Nation did not officially give a reason for the cancellation, sources who worked with the festival confirmed to Rolling Stone that Georgia’s gun laws were to blame. Since 2011, Music Midtown has taken place at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and parks are among the various public spaces in Georgia where guns are allowed to be carried. The festival, as a temporary user of the park, does not have the standing to supersede that law and enforce its own ban. (The festival’s website stated that “Weapons or explosives of any kind” are prohibited.)

Atlanta-based journalist George Chidi was the first to report the likelihood that Music Midtown would be canceled due to gun laws. “My understanding is that it is because Georgia’s gun laws make it impossible to bar firearms from Piedmont Park, a condition required by many artists’ concert riders,” he wrote on Twitter last Friday, July 29.

According to the Atlanta news outlet SaportaReport, Music Midtown’s gun ban was informally challenged in May by Phillip Evans, a gun rights advocate in the state. The month before, Evans had actually lost a court case against the Atlanta Botanical Garden over its right to ban guns from its property. Evans first brought this challenge in 2014, not long after then-Governor Nathan Deal signed a new state law — that had become known as the “guns everywhere” bill — which expanded where guns were permitted throughout the state.

Despite that expansion, Evans ultimately lost his case against the Botanical Garden, with the Georgia Supreme Court ruling that the Garden’s ban was valid since it leased its property long-term from the City of Atlanta. But because that ruling didn’t speak on short-term tenants of public property — such as Music Midtown — Evans argued he would likely prevail in a similar case against the festival.
 

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Per the Atlanta Business Chronical. They are reporting since 2011 this event has had a huge Financial impact for the city and this years festival cancelation will result in aprox $50 million in lost revenue
 
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Per the Atlanta Business Chronical. They are reporting since 2011 this event has had a huge Financial impact for the city and this years festival cancelation will result in aprox $50 million in lost revenue
(Sigh). I’m not a gun guy, but I suppose I could see why allowing them in a public park makes about as much sense as having them anywhere else. But at a concert? Absolutely not. The only thing worse is having them at a sporting event. Hopefully they can come up with something in the future that can work around this. That’s a big loss for ATL.
 

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(Sigh). I’m not a gun guy, but I suppose I could see why allowing them in a public park makes about as much sense as having them anywhere else. But at a concert? Absolutely not. The only thing worse is having them at a sporting event. Hopefully they can come up with something in the future that can work around this. That’s a big loss for ATL.
The 'restrictive' voting law cost them the MLB all star game last year, then they had record turnouts at the polls.
 

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The 'restrictive' voting law cost them the MLB all star game last year, then they had record turnouts at the polls.
and a Dem won the POTUS vote for the first time in 30 years in the State.

It seems moving more toward the right has cost them massive amounts of revenue and electoral votes on the National Stage.