“The House took a very clear position that the Second Amendment does not stop at the edge of a college campus.” — Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)
On Monday, the state House in Georgia voted to legalize the carrying of concealed firearms on public school campuses.
House Bill 859, also called the Campus Safety Act, would enable anyone 21 years of age or older with a weapons license to carry their firearm on any public college campus – except in the dorms, frat and sorority houses or to athletic events. The law would also require that the firearms remain concealed since Georgia’s concealed carry permit requires fingerprinting and background checks.
While the vote easily passed, it didn’t sail through the House, as a large bloc of Democrats voted in opposition of the law.
State Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, led the charge for House Bill 859, a piece of legislation he has informally dubbed the state’s Campus Safety Act: “It’s a real world solution to a real world problem,” Jasperse said. “In today’s world, it’s a must.”
But in an hour-and-a-half debate before the 113-59 vote, House Democrats said the bill would allow the weapons with “no instruction, no training, no supervision,” said state Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone. “We’re putting (students) in volatile situations with alcohol and hormones.”
One local student leader praised the new bill, arguing that students shouldn’t be forced to surrender their right to self-defense simply because they are going to college.
“This bill will give students an opportunity to be one step closer to being able to properly defend themselves,” said Ja’Quan Taylor, a Georgia Tech senior and president of the university’s Students for Concealed Carry chapter. “This could be the difference between life or death for a student that is being threatened by a deadly weapon.”
Read the full article by Onan Coca at EagleRising.