Georgia: NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Georgia State Senate passed a campus carry bill by a margin of 37-17. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal.

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The following is a press release from the National Rifle Association

Georgia State Senators today handed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yet another defeat in his effort to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. By a margin of 37 to 17, Senators voted to pass House Bill 859, legislation aimed at improving safety on college campuses in Georgia. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal.

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“This important legislation will make Georgia college campuses safer places for students, faculty and administrators,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA Spokesperson. “Today’s vote is a clear victory for the Second Amendment and a repudiation of New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda. Bloomberg-funded groups launched a misinformation campaign in the Peach State about this bill. Georgians saw right through the lies and scare tactics.”

New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, opposes the legislation and is airing television ads in opposition to HB 859. The television buy is part of the gun control group’s misinformation campaign that claims campus carry is dangerous and will result in a spike in crime and firearm accidents. Facts do not support these claims.

House Bill 859 would allow adult college students the same right to defend themselves on campus that they already have off-campus. Under the proposed law, law-abiding Georgia Weapons License (GWL) holders would be allowed to carry when they are in or on any building or real property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of post-secondary education.

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“We want to thank our members and supporters in Georgia who rallied behind this bill and urged their senators to vote for it,” added Mortensen. “We also want to thank all the Georgia state lawmakers who supported the fundamental right of students to self-protection, whether on or off-campus.”

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