Ga. House votes to expand gun rights
Concealed weapons would be allowed at bus stops, churches under new bill
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.