Georgia state House overwhelmingly passes bill to allow permitted concealed handguns in bars, college campuses, churches, and airports
A House bill which would expand the places where licensed individuals can carry a gun has passed after an emotional floor debate.
House Bill 875 passed the Georgia House by a vote of 119 to 56 after a two and a half hour debate. The bill now goes to the Georgia Senate.
The vote was mostly along party lines with Republicans favoring it.
"Gun free zones that are created by well meaning laws are gun free to the good guys only," said Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), who sponsored the bill.
"I think we have far, far more restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms than our forefathers ever intended," argued Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City). . . .
[The bill] also prohibits compiling and releasing a list of weapons license holders as some other states have done.