Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, center, and Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, right, look over portions of Senate Bill 101 during the debate on the bill on Legislative Day 37 in the House Chambers Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., March 22, 2013. Rep. Jasperse is the House sponsor of the bill. Rep. Powell is the Chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee where all of the changes to the bill occurred. The House passed SB 101 as amended 116 to 55 votes.
Photo: Jason Getz
Photo: Jason Getz

House passes gun bill again

The effort to widen the number of places Georgians can carry concealed weapons took another step forward Friday as the House approved the latest version of a gun bill.

Senate Bill 101, as amended in the House, will allow churches to decide if concealed weapons permit holders may bring weapons into sanctuaries and will allow guns on much of college campuses.

It passed the House by a vote of 116-55 and must now go back to the Senate.

The House and Senate have both passed gun bills this year, with the House taking a much more sweeping approach. SB 101 still allows military veterans under the age of 21, who have been honorably discharged, to obtain a weapons permit.

The Senate has yet to act on the House’s vision for gun legislation.

During the House debate Friday, the only spoken opposition came from a Republican. Rep. Charles Gregory, R-Kennesaw, argued that a Republican-controlled chamber should be able to pass a better gun bill.

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