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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:52pm

Georgia College Students: Bill To Expand Gun Rights Is "Disrespectful To Students"

There was more controversy Friday at the Capitol after members of the House approved a bill that allow Georgians to carry guns in more places, including churches and bars.

Lawmakers dropped the provision that would have allowed guns on college campuses, but as it stands Friday, the bill would decriminalize the act of bringing a gun onto university property.

House Bill 875 erases the part of Georgia's code that banned guns from churches and bars.

While it doesn't say gun owners can take firearms on college campuses, it changes the penalty from criminal prosecution to a fine of $100.

The Millennials Movement, group of college students from all over Georgia who oppose the expansion of gun carry laws, gathered Friday at the Capitol to speak out against the bill.

Ronnie Mosley, a Morehouse College student, started the effort.

Mosley says that measure all but endorses guns on campus.

"It's a loophole and I think it's a way around it. And I think it's, quite honestly, just disrespectful to students."

Tabatha Holley is a second year student at Spelman College in Atlanta, and she says she feels perfectly protected on her college campus.

She has been following the gun bill closely and says young people aren't getting a voice in the proceedings.

"I watched how under–represented I was sitting at that hearing and that's the reason why I choose to say something now,” said Holley.

Holley, Mosley and the rest of the group are planning a rally to coincide with the ongoing Moral Mondays protests at the Capitol.
They want to make sure lawmakers know they don't support campus carry, in any form.

"When we see moments like this, it lets us know that we can't rest. We have to, have to amplify our voice, “ said Mosley.

The group will also be rallying in support of repealing Georgia's Stand Your Ground law.

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