‘Campus carry’ legislation returns to Georgia House


‘Campus carry’ legislation returns to Georgia House

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.

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