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Opponents Of Guns On Ga. College Campuses Speak Out

Opponents of a Georgia bill that would allow guns on college campuses spoke downtown Monday.
Opponents of a Georgia bill that would allow guns on college campuses spoke downtown Monday.
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Lawmakers who want to allow guns on Georgia’s college campuses are hitting resistance. Opponents of a bill that would allow guns on campuses spoke downtown Monday.

The bill follows a 2014 law that allows guns almost everywhere in the state, though campuses were excluded at the time. Henry Hope, chief of police at Agnes Scott College said he would like it to stay that way.

“We believe firearms on campus in the hands of anyone other than trained and certified law enforcement professionals is an irresponsible law and places us more at risk,” said Hope.

The bill would also put a financial burden on schools, said Democratic state Sen. Nan Orrock.

“I have Georgia State in my district,” she said. “I have parts of Georgia Tech in my district. I have technical schools. Community colleges across the sweep of Atlanta. We don’t want it. It’s loud and clear the message has been sent.”

“No student should have to worry about whether the student next to him is carrying a gun or not,” Georgia State student Sean Wallace said at the press conference.

The lawmakers sponsoring the bill say that it empowers students not to be victims.