Legislature approves guns on campuses. No vote on controversial campus rape bill.

Protesters rallied last year against the campus carry bill at the University of Georgia. TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

Updates on two bills that we discussed on the blog:

The AJC reports Georgia lawmakers gave final passage early this morning to a law legalizing guns on the state’s public college and university campuses, sending it to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

House Bill 280 would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, with exceptions that include dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and buildings used for athletic events. On-campus child care centers would also be excluded, as would areas on some college campuses where high school students attend class.

The governor may sign this bill — he vetoed a similar campus carry bill last year. But the bill that came out a House-Senate conference committee early this morning contained the additional exempted areas on campuses that Deal had sought — classrooms used by high school students in dual enrollment programs; and offices or rooms used for disciplinary hearings.

There is likely to be a surge of calls to Deal asking him to veto this bill. So, stay tuned.

HB51/SB71 — the campus rape bill that appeared dead and then revived by a legislative sleight of hand — never got a vote last night or this morning in the final hours of the General Assembly. I expect this bill will come up again next year, and opponents say they will be at the Capitol again every day to fight it once more.

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Ralph-43
Ralph-43

The N.R.A., the gun manufacturers, and the gang bangers are all cheering and stuffing their pockets.  Parents and students now awaiting suicides, murders, rapes, and accidents, as well as reduction in the value of degrees from Tech, State, and UGA.  Thanks a lot morons. 

Astropig
Astropig

The legislature gave Gov. Deal the exceptions that he asked for last year,so there's a good chance he signs this one.The optics might be better if he just allows it to become law without signing it.

Alt AJC
Alt AJC

No mention of HB 430, which gained final passage after a 37-15 vote by the Georgia Senate?