There. Now that I have your attention, it’s time to note that gun-related legislation is moving forward in Georgia in 2014.
And if House Bill 875 becomes law, it would allow licensed gun owners to carry their weapons into bars or churches, leaving those institutions to establish their own rules. The bill passed the Georgia House on Tuesday (Feb. 18) by a 119-56 vote.
Similar legislation failed in the state General Assembly in the 2013 session, somewhat because of the so-called “campus carry” provision that was opposed by university presidents. According to media reports, that provision has been amended for the current version, to provide only civil penalties.
The measure appears to be an outgrowth of the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and other similar incidents.
The Georgia bill still must pass a vote by the full Senate before it can head to Gov. Nathan Deal.
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Note: This post is not an endorsement or criticism of this bill, or any legislation regarding guns. It merely is intended to be a fair account of this legislation, as things stand at the time of posting.