Georgia Senate Set to Vote on Allowing Guns on Campuses

Guns on Campus
Posted at 6:39 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 13:42:20-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's state Senate is set to vote on a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.

The measure is included on the chamber's calendar for Friday.

The proposal backed by the National Rifle Association won support from a Senate panel on Monday despite opposition from the powerful governing board for the university system.

The proposal exempts athletic facilities and student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.

Georgia's House already has approved the bill. If it passes the Senate without changes, the measure would go to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has voiced support for the concept.

Opponents say allowing guns on campus will put students in harm's way and make police officers' jobs more difficult. Supporters argue people should be able to defend themselves.