House bill 859, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, which would make it legal for anyone age 21 or older with a state weapons license to carry guns onto public college and university campuses. Firearms would remain banned in dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses and at athletic events.
The ‘campus-carry’ bill has not yet had a committee hearing, but has support from House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, chairman of the Rules Committee, which determines which bills reach the House floor.
Supporters of the legislation have said the bill is needed to allow students to protect themselves against crime, such as the recent armed robberies of Georgia State University students in the campus library.
“We know statistically that those occasions are rare,” McBath said. “We know statistically that far more harm comes to people that are bearing arms, particularly on college campuses.”
The Moms Demand Action event comes the same week as other gun-safety groups also spoke out against the bill. The state's University System has long opposed campus carry.