Ga. Senate backs expansion of right to carry guns

Published On: Mar 19 2014 08:10:17 AM EDT
ATLANTA -

With time running out, Georgia lawmakers are still negotiating how far to expand the right to carry a gun.

The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would allow people with a license to carry a weapon to take their guns into bars and houses of worship, if local congregations allow it. Illegally carrying a gun into a church would be punishable by a $100 fine.

Carrying guns in church has been a sticking point between House and Senate lawmakers. The bill now heads back to the House for consideration.

The legislation also would allow school districts to arm their employees, in an attempt to deter schoolhouse attacks. People with a license to carry could also take guns into government buildings if they are not protected by security guards.

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