Atlanta’s Music Midtown Pageant Cancelled Over Gun Regulation

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Music Midtown, which prohibits weapons and explosives, has cancelled the 2022 Atlanta competition resulting from Georgia’s unrestricted gun legal guidelines.

The annual Atlanta music competition Music Midtown is shutting down their two-day live performance this 12 months resulting from Georgia gun legal guidelines. Whereas artists set to carry out in September included Jack White, Future, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy, the plug was pulled on the competition only one month prior, in response to Rolling Stone.

“[D]ue to circumstances past our management, Music Midtown will not be going down this 12 months,” Stay Nation acknowledged in an announcement on Monday (August 1). We’re wanting ahead to reuniting in September and hope we will get again to having fun with the competition collectively once more quickly.”

Atlanta-based journalist George Chidi was first to take a position that the September competition was about to be canceled, voicing his issues about Georgia’s gun regulation.

“My understanding is that it’s as a result of Georgia’s gun legal guidelines make it unimaginable to bar firearms from Piedmont Park, a situation required by many artists’ live performance riders,” Chidi wrote on Twitter final Friday (July 29.)

The 2-day music competition is yearly held at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, one among varied public areas in Georgia the place weapons are allowed to be overtly carried. On the competition’s web site, it states that “weapons or explosives of any sort” are prohibited.

In Could, the competition’s gun ban was questioned by Georgia gun rights advocate Phillip Evans, per Saporta Report. One month prior, Evans misplaced a court docket case with Atlanta Botanical Backyard within the pursuit of bringing weapons to the general public area. Evans first initiated the problem in 2014 after former Governor Nathan Deal signed off on the “weapons all over the place” deal, allowing open carry all through Georgia.

Though Evans by no means pursued a case towards Music Midtown, he despatched letters to Stay Nation and competition safety in regards to the firearm ban.


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