The ink is dry and H.B. 60 is no longer the “gun bill”.
It took two sessions and an untold amount of private and public wrangling, but Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act”, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, is now law.
Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill Wednesday, during a ceremony in Ellijay, Georgia.
Hundreds of supporters, including members of Georgia Carry, attended the signing and held a bbq afterwards.
GPB News reporter Jeanne Bonner, who has covered the bill since this year’s legislative session, says the ceremony had the “feel of a campaign rally.”
“It really was very celebratory, said Bonner. “And they feel like its a victory.”
This version of the gun bill passed without the “campus carry” provision. A potential compromise that would have given university presidents the option of allowing guns on college campuses didn't pass legal review this legislative session.