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Fifth gun bill pre-filed in Georgia

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Session is six days away and another bit of Second Amendment legislation is joining the ranks of four pre-filed bills already set to address the topic.

HB 35, submitted by state Rep. Paul Battles, a Republican from Cartersville, “would give Georgia boards of education leeway to allow school administrators to carry concealed weapons in buildings, at school functions – even on buses,” per a report from the AJC’s Jim Galloway.

Battles reportedly dubbed the legislation as a ‘may,’ rather than a ‘shall,’ dubbing it “simple” and “not absolute.”

It requires any school official wishing to carry a concealed firearm to go through a training course, with an annual requirement to “qualify with each fire arm that he or she intends to possess or carry.” Local school systems would foot any bills associated with such training. Battles added that his personal preference lies with having law enforcement officials in every school, but that the state lacks the resources necessary for such an endeavor.

The bill joins four other pieces of pre-filed legislation, all of which originated from the desk of state Rep.-elect Charles Gregory, a Kennesaw Republican. His proposed bills would work in tandem to dismantle concealed carry restrictions across the board in the Peach State.

On the other side of the aisle, state Senate Minority Whip Vincent Fort has made known his intentions to introduce an assault weapons ban in the coming session.

-Brandon Howell

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