February 22, 2016
House Bill 859, also known as the “campus carry” bill, passed the Georgia House Monday by a 113-59 vote, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The bill would allow anyone over 21 with a weapons license to conceal carry a gun on public Georgia college campuses, except in dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses and at athletic events.
State Representative Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) said the bill, which he nicknamed the Campus Safety Act, is “a real world solution to a real world problem.”
The idea of campus carry has long been opposed by the state Board of Regents, which regulated the public state colleges and universities.
The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. A similar bill, the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” pushed for campus carry as part of its broader effort. That bill passed the House in 2014, but language addressing campus carry was taken out by the Senate before that bill passed.
On February 19, 2016, HB859 was assigned to the House Floor Calendar for a Monday February 22, vote.
We need all members and their friends to contact their State Representatives this weekend and ask them to vote for HB859. As always, please be respectful in all your correspondence with our elected officials.
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If HB859 passes the House, it will then be sent to the Senate to begin the process again. The bill will be read to the Senate, assigned to a Committee, heard in that committee and if agreed to, will go to the Senate Rules Committee and hopefully be assigned to the Senate Calendar for a floor vote in the Senate. We will notify you which committee it is assigned to and ask that you contact that committee’s members. We have no timeframe as to when the bill will be assigned to a committee at this time.
This morning, our other bill was dropped into the House Hopper. It is HB1060, which is outlined in our Current Bills section and can be read in its entirety at the link above.
We need tocontact both our Representatives and Senators. Our Representatives now on HB859 and HB1060 and hopefully our Senators after Monday’s vote on the House Floor of HB859.