Committee clears the way for campus carry bill

[private]The General Assembly is headed for another vote on campus carry this year after passing a bill last year that was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The House Public Safety Committee voted out HB 280 Monday afternoon, which means it likely will get a vote in the full House by Friday.

HB 280 would allow persons with concealed carry permits to carry weapons on college campuses, with a few areas off-limits:  dormitories, fraternities, sororities, sporting events, and up to three day care centers or pre-school classrooms per campus.

Deal requested the day care center exemption last year, but the Legislature refused to add that provision to the bill. He then vetoed the measure.

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton), the bill’s chief sponsor, said current Georgia law has “created a victim zone on campuses” because students can’t legally carry firearms.

“This is changing the dynamic and affording people the ability to defend themselves,” Ballinger said.

The committee approved the bill after minimal debate, sending HB 280 on to the Rules Committee

Committee members also passed out HB 292, which makes several administrative changes in the state’s gun carry law, including a provision that allows a person who’s been involuntarily hospitalized for mental health treatment to apply for a permit.

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