From the AJC:
A controversial bill to allow licensed gun owners in Georgia to carry concealed weapons most places other than the courthouse and the jailhouse is headed to a House subcommittee for closer scrutiny after a lengthy hearing Thursday.
Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on noncivil matters, said a subcommittee will be able to “hash out” some of the concerns about the bill, mostly centering on an expansion of the rights of licensed gun owners to carry their weapons to churches, bars and college campuses. (emphasis added)
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica), told committee members the existing law is “extremely confusing” to gun owners and law enforcement.
“It’s time we finally clarify what is allowable and what is off-limits,” Bearden said.
In 2008, legislators passed a bill Bearden proposed that allows guns at state parks, on mass transit and in restaurants where alcohol is served.
Tom Daniel, senior vice chancellor with the University System of Georgia, asked legislators to “keep the law as it is.” Currently, guns are outlawed within 1,000 feet of college campuses.
This bill seeks to expand the areas in which licensed gun owners can carry concealed weapons including churches, bars, and college campuses. This is an issue that has been debated for some time here in Georgia. Keep an eye on this bill; it’s one to watch.