By Jenn Jacques
The Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee has passed House Bill 859 by a 5-3 vote. The bill would amend existing law to remove campus restrictions, allowing licensed gun owners over 21 years of age to legally carry a gun around campus. A restriction would remain in place for athletic facilities and student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.
“There is a lot of anger and a lot of fear, but I feel like we are more about empowering students to be able to take responsibility for their personal safety,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Mandi Ballinger said.
Currently, seven other states allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
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