As of Friday, March 8, 2013
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ATLANTA — A bill that broadens Georgian's rights to carry weapons into bars, churches and college campuses passed easily in the Georgia House on crossover day.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Republican-backed House Bill 512 passed 117-56 largely along party lines.
While the bill sailed easily through the House chamber, it may not find such a warm reception in the Senate chamber. Senate President Pro-Tem David Shafer, a Republican from Duluth, told the AJC that the Senate may be done dealing with gun legislation.
“We passed a bill (Senate Bill 101) that is supported by the National Rifle Association,” Shafer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We passed a very strong, pro-Second Amendment piece of legislation. If the House has additional ideas, we will certainly consider them.”
SB 101 is a bill that comes partially in response to an incident in New York where a newspaper used existing public records laws to obtain and publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders in a set of counties in that state. SB 101 would exempt from public disclosure the names of permit holders.
HB was not backed by the NRA but was supported by the group Georgia Carry.
To read HB 512, click here.