The author of 2014 legislation that expanded gun rights in Georgia is back this year with another effort to legalize firearms on college campuses.
Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, and Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, have filed House Bill 859, which allows anyone with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for dormitories, Greek housing or at athletic events.
The bill already has dozens of co-sponsors, including Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the powerful rules Committee that decides which bills reach the House floor. During the 2014 gun bill debate, the House passed a version that included campus carry but it was removed by the Senate.
“Our position on it is pretty clear,” Jasperse told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview. “We are restoring rights to Georgians.”
Look for more details, including reaction from opponents and other supporters, later today at myajc.com.