Stacey Abrams hits out at Kemp after reports of Atlanta music festival cancellation over Georgia gun laws

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Georgia Democrat governor candidate Stacey Abrams is attacking incumbent Republican government Brian Kemp after reports that the cancellation of Music Midtown, an annual music festival in Atlanta, was due to Georgia’s lenient gun laws.

In an exclusive statement to Fox News Digital, Abrams accused Kemp of making his views on guns more important than Georgia’s economy, and denounced him for the loss of jobs and investment she said the state would have gotten from the thousands of people who died. expected to come. the festival.

“Brian Kemp sets a dangerous agenda on weapons for the Georgian economy and growing jobs,” Abrams said in the statement. “Again, Georgians’ interests are lagging behind Kemp’s political ambitions — and our state is being forced to pay the price at $50 million lost to our economy.”

“Georgians deserve leadership that will work hard to combat rising crime rates and implement common sense gun safety proposals while protecting our state’s economic growth,” she added. “Kemp may only think about the needs of his right-wing base, but as governor I will work hard to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

Stacey Abrams, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia, speaks at a campaign event in Reynolds, Georgia, on June 4, 2022.
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The organizers of the planned September festival announced on Monday that it would be cancelled, but did not give any reason.

“Hey Midtown fans, due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will no longer be taking place this year. We were looking forward to getting back together in September and hope we can all enjoy the festival together again soon,” it said. a statement. posted by the festival’s Twitter account.

A number of media outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reported that the cancellation was due to fears of a potential lawsuit over the event banning firearms on public lands, something some have suggested may not be allowed under current Georgian law.

Legislation signed in 2014 by then Republican Governor Nathan Deal allowed the carrying of firearms on public property, including Piedmont Park, the festival’s site, raising the question of whether the event should prohibit visitors from carrying a firearm.

Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga., speaks at an election night party after winning re-election as Republican nominee for governor on May 24, 2022, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga., speaks at an election night party after winning re-election as Republican nominee for governor on May 24, 2022, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The Kemp campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment, but a close ally of the governor pointed to growing suggestions that the festival was being canceled due to low ticket sales rather than a reason related to the state’s gun laws.

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