Ga. House votes to ex­pand gun rights

Con­cealed weapons would be al­lowed at bus stops, churches un­der new bill

The Covington News - - Local News - By Greg Bluestein

AT­LANTA — Ge­or­gians with a con­cealed weapon per­mit would be al­lowed to carry their guns at bus stops and other pub­lic trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, houses of wor­ship and restau­rants that serve al­co­hol un­der a bill that passed the House Thurs­day by a 111-58 vote.

The law­mak­ers ex­panded a Se­nate mea­sure passed two weeks ago that would al­low peo­ple with the per­mits to car- ry their guns at pub­lic parks and restau­rants with­out al­co­hol li­censes. It now re­turns to the Se­nate, which must ap­prove the mea­sure be­fore it goes be­fore Gov. Sonny Per­due.

State Rep. Tim Bear­den said Ge­or­gia was one of the most re­stric­tive states in the na­tion when it comes to gun car­ry­ing laws. “We’ve got work to do in this state when Cal­i­for- nia and New York have bet­ter gun laws,” said Bear­den, a Villa Rica Repub­li­can and a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer.

Crit­ics of his pro­posal point out that states such as Cal­i­for­nia re­quire gun own­ers to take cour­ses and jump through other hur­dles be­fore ob­tain­ing a per­mit, while a Ge­or­gia per­mit sim­ply re­quires a back­ground check.

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