Starting July 1, licensed gun owners may be able to bring their firearms onto school and college campuses in Georgia, even though the “campus carry” provision was stripped from a controversial bill that will allow guns in many churches, bars and government buildings.
On Tuesday, Republican members of the state House maneuvered to change a minor gun bill allowing judges to carry firearms to include the provisions of the a more sweep second amendment measure.The newly-transformed bill would allow licensed gun-owners to take firearms into bars, schools and churches with some restrictions.
Sponsors are moving to finalize a gun rights bill that will not include a controversial "campus carry" provision. Now lawmakers say the gun bill will focus on other areas. The push to allow students to carry weapons on public college campuses has long been a sticking point in negotiations on expanded gun rights. A potential compromise would have left the decision to school presidents, but legislative leaders decided to drop the provision after a legal review concluded it was likely to be ruled unconstitutional. Lawmakers say they will reintroduce the bill with gun legislation for other groups such as churches and school.
A provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill. The provision would have opened the door for students age 21 and older with permits to carry firearms on college property. The measure has been strongly opposed by the university system and the state board of regents. So–called “campus carry” provisions have long been a sticking point in a proposed gun rights bill, and lawmakers have been working on a compromise that would give college and university presidents the option to allow guns on their campuses. But now, supporters of the provision face another stumbling block.
A key Georgia lawmaker says a provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill expected to be introduced soon. Rep. John Meadows, chair of the House Rules Committee, said in an interview Thursday that the bill will instead focus on enhancing reporting of the mentally ill and empowering local school districts to arm employees if they wish.
With the 2014 legislative session only five months away, Second Amendment advocates are preparing to pressure lawmakers to expand gun rights in Georgia. The gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org started its two-day annual convention Friday in Cobb County.
Georgia lawmakers failed to pass a controversial gun bill by Thursday's midnight deadline ending the 2013 legislative session. One lawmaker says he’s already planning to push for the issue next year. Minutes before the House declared the session's adjournment, Representative Alan Powell of Hartwell addressed his fellow legislators. The Republican lawmaker said he pushed until the end to establish more rights for gun owners. The bill would have allowed people to carry guns in churches and on college campuses.