Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Georgia legislators examine "gun-free" zones list

State legislators may re-examine the wisdom (or lack thereof) of college and university "gun-free" zones:
ATLANTA - Legislators looking to expand where Georgians can carry guns may take aim at university campuses.

Carry a gun on or within 1,000 feet of any campus now and you could be charged with a felony, spend up to 10 years in prison and pay as much as $10,000 in fines.

But a panel of lawmakers conducting a wholesale review of Georgia's gun laws soon will solicit opinions on removing or altering the ban.

State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, who chairs the Senate Firearms Committee, sees nothing wrong with allowing a licensed gun owner to visit a college campus while carrying a concealed weapon. Students should be allowed to stow hunting rifles in their cars parked on campus, Seabaugh said.

Several senators on the committee, Democrats as well as Republicans, share that view.

Article here.

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