Campus carry bill should make it through Senate, Cagle says

[private]Any thoughts that the controversial “campus carry” bill passed by the House last week might hit a steel wall in the state Senate can be put away.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle seemed so confident Monday that the gun carry bill will pass the upper chamber that he was already talking about negotiating with Gov. Nathan Deal on signing HB 280 into law.

“I do anticipate the Senate will take up and it will go through a Senate committee,” Cagle said at a news briefing with Senate’s Republican caucus.GOPcaucus

The House last Friday passed HB 280, a measure that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms on all parts of college campuses except dorms, fraternities, sororities, sporting events, and day care centers.

The measure is very similar to the campus carry bill that passed last year but was vetoed by Deal. This year’s version added the prohibition on carrying guns at campus day care centers, a provision that Deal requested last year but did not get.

“We look forward to working with the governor’s office to see if a compromise is possible,” Cagle said.

Cagle and the Senate’s Republican leadership bragged about getting Senate passage of the package of bills they were promoting at the start of the session.

“We’ve said the Senate Republican Caucus’s priorities are Georgia’s priorities, and they are,” Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer said.

One of the bills backed by the caucus, SB 1, is intended to crack down on domestic terrorism. Civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have said the bill could also be used to deny citizens their First Amendment rights to protest.

“I don’t there’s any validity to that at all,” Cagle said. “It is not intended, nor do I think it will result, in anyone’s rights being taken away.

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Tags: Casey Cagle , David Shafer , Senate Republican Caucus