A bill legalizing firearms on Georgia’s college campuses passed a key Senate panel on Monday, with no changes to where the legislation says college students could be allowed to carry guns.
The move makes House Bill 859 eligible for a floor vote in the Senate later this week, and sets up a scenario that could see final passage well before the Legislature ends its work this year on March 24. It also represents a power move on behalf of the Senate’s GOP leadership in an election year for all state lawmakers, since the Senate in years past has stopped similar measures.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s OK came as a television ad targeting efforts to legalize firearms on Georgia’s college campuses began airing in Atlanta over the weekend as opponents of the ‘campus carry’ effort tried to increase their pressure to stop it.
Read more here.