Earlier this week we reported about a new bill being presented to the Georgia house to legalize guns on college campuses. Today the Georgia House passed House Bill 859 on a 113-59 vote but this doesn’t mean guns are legal on college campuses yet. With Monday’s House passage, HB 859 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
Some of the Democrats said the bill would allow people to use weapons with “no instruction, no training, no supervision.” “We’re putting (students) in volatile situations with alcohol and hormones.”
On the contrary you have State Representative Rick Jasperse from Jasper, Georgia who took charge of this bill saying, “It’s a real world solution to a real world problem,” Jasperse said. “In today’s world, it’s a must.”
According to AJC:
HB 859 would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, and at athletic events. It also would mandate that those weapons be concealed — something proponents say make it safer — since Georgia requires gun owners to apply for “concealed carry” permits that require fingerprinting and background checks.
Georgia’s Board of Regents have always expressed their disinterest involving guns on college and university campuses. Usually, they’re successful with blocking attempts to legalize guns on campuses. The most recent attempt came in 2014 when the state House voted to legalize campus carry as part of a broader effort dubbed the “Guns Everywhere Bill.”
The attempt to legalize guns on campuses has been an ongoing process. Here’s a video from GPB in 2014 about the “Guns Everywhere Bill”.