Today the AG announced a few clarifications regarding the two Gun bills that passed this session, HB 60 and HB 826.
The confusion arose from these two bills containing conflicting language regarding the code section that governs where an individual can carry a firearm. Some folks are under the impression that the passage of these two bills left an “accidental” campus carry provision. Here’s a full rundown of what this all means.
HB 826 amended the code section by striking language that specifically allowed permit holders to carry while picking up or dropping off their students at a school (k-12) as well as leave their weapon in their car should they have business to attend to in the school, like a parent teacher conference.
By striking all of that language, this effectively allowed carry by permit holders to carry on the real property of any school. That includes K-12, Colleges/Universities, and tech schools.
HB 60 however, left this language intact, and had amendments that made it clear that it was the legislatures intent to keep these restrictions.
Both of these bills passed and were signed by the Governor which leads to an interesting quandary: What is one to do when two bills from the same session are signed into law, yet are contradictory? Conveniently enough there is a legal precedent for dealing with this issue in Georgia. The bill that was signed last is the bill that takes priority. In this case that would be HB 60. Because of this legal principle, there is no accidental campus carry and the language that was struck by HB 826, is put back into code.