Georgia could soon allow gun owners to bring firearms into bars and churches, at the discretion of the business owners or church officials. The bill passed the Georgia House of Representatives and now heads to the State Senate.
The new law extends gun rights quite broadly. Teachers and administrators will be able to bring weapons into schools, Reuters reports. And anyone with a permit can bring their weapons onto school grounds or college campuses provided they keep the gun in a locked car.
The new law will also permit gun owners to bring weapons into government buildings, with the exception of courthouses and jails, if there are no security screenings.
"We don't need to be penalizing law-abiding citizens and taking away their Second Amendment rights," said Republican Rep. Jasperse, a supporter of the bill.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Democrat who voted against the bill, was critical: "The legislation does not represent the majority of people of Georgia, but only a small number of gun advocates," she said.