Georgia’s campus carry bill HB 859 passed the House and is now headed for the Senate floor after making it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, unamended.
Under HB 859 – also called the “Campus Safety Act” – students and others 21 years of age and over would legally be able to carry on Georgia college campuses, as long as they had obtained a concealed carry permit. But no one would be able to carry in dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and sporting events.
The campus carry bill is obviously not without its critics. One woman Carol Allen – who said she had two college-aged kids – was especially hysterical following the bill’s passage out of the Senate committee:
“It’s gonna increase the rate of suicide. These kids are gonna be tailgating and drinking. And they’re gonna have weapons… They are in the back pocket of the gun lobby.”
Another critic Cynthia Smith said that the bill would lead to “more murders on college campuses.” A few years ago, her son had been killed at Tuskegee University when someone had fired shots into a crowd where he was standing. She said that if the bill passes into law, “then you’re going to have more mothers burying their kids.” She continued:
“It’s going to be a lot of parents living the way I have to live the rest of my life now with part of my life gone…The first thing they think of is pulling their gun.”
Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety has been running a 30-second ad trying to get Georgians to oppose the bill. Here’s their ad:
Did you catch that? Politicians are trying to “force” guns on college campuses? They’re not trying to force anything. In fact, the way it’s been was to force people to be defenseless, such as those students who were mugged at gunpoint in the Georgia State University campus library.
With the passage of the bill, no one would be forced to carry a concealed handgun. However, people would be free to carry if they so choose, as long as they meet the law’s criteria.