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March 7, 2016

Atlanta Progressive News

Gloria Tatum


(APN) ATLANTA — HB 859, Campus Carry, sponsored by State Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), passed the House on February 23, 2016, and had its first Senate Judiciary hearing on Wednesday March 02.

HB 859 is yet another model legislative bill pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), along with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and local gun groups around the county.

HB 859 allows for anyone 21 years or older with a weapon license, to carry a concealed gun in a classroom, cafeteria, or library of any public technical school, vocational school, college, or university.  Private schools are not covered by this bill.

Exemptions are dormitories, fraternities, sorority houses, and athletic events.  An exception to the exemption is a person can carry a concealed weapon to a concert on campus.

It allows students to carry weapons into a classroom with no instructions or supervision, and the bill does not require any training on how to safely use a gun.

Read more here.