Campus carry bill introduced in the House

[private]Legislation allowing handguns to be carried on college campuses is officially back for this session.

HB 280, which brings the controversial issue back up for debate, was introduced Wednesday in the Georgia House.

The bill’s sponsors include the major advocates of gun carry legislation in past sessions, including Reps. Rick Jasperse, John Meadows, and Alan Powell. Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia) is the only Democrat listed as a sponsor.

HB 280 would allow handguns to be carried by licensed holders at public colleges, technical schools, and vocational schools as the weapon is concealed.

Handguns would not be allowed “at athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses.” Handguns would also not be allowed at preschool centers on campuses, but that restriction would not apply if a campus has more than one building housing pre-school space.

Campus carry has been a hotly contested issue for the past few sessions, with legislation passing both chambers last year only to be vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

House Speaker David Ralston has indicated he will support the passage of a campus carry bill this year.

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