Bill to OK guns on Georgia campuses moves closer to passage

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Posted: Mar 07, 2016 4:08 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are one step closer to allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses, as some other states have done.

The proposal backed by the National Rifle Association won support from a Senate panel Monday.

The Judiciary Committee backed the measure permitting those with concealed weapons licenses to bring their guns onto university and college property. The bill could reach the Senate floor this week for a vote.

The Georgia House already has approved the bill. If it passes the Senate without changes, the measure would go to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has voiced support for the concept.

Critics called it a dangerous bill, but a co-sponsor, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, said supporters believe it boosts the safety of college students around the state.