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Georgia House Approves Campus Carry Bill

Georgia House Approves Campus Carry Bill

“By a vote of 108-63”

The problem in Georgia seems to be the governor who doesn’t like the idea.

Savannah Now reported:

Georgia House backs bill allowing guns on college campuses

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s forceful veto last year, Georgia’s House approved another bill on Friday that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses.

By a vote of 108-63, the Republican House majority sent the bill to the state Senate, which could set up another politically unpopular rejection by the Republican governor.

The measure would allow anyone 21 and older with a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun on campus. Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, sponsored this year’s version, which would keep the guns out of on-campus preschools. Last year’s bill only kept weapons out of student housing and athletic venues. Ballinger kept those exemptions this year.

“College campuses are open environments” where people should be allowed to carry guns for protection, Ballinger said. “They don’t have controlled points of entry, metal detectors or x-ray machines. Regardless of how any particular professor or student feels about the issue, laws must be based on facts not feelings.”

Georgia is among 17 states that ban concealed weapons on campuses. Ballinger and other supporters said states that have allowed them have not seen dramatic safety problems.


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Walker Evans | March 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

“… laws must be based on facts not feelings.”

What a novel concept! Do you suppose it could catch on?

[No? Neither do I.]