Do or die: Last chance for bills in the Legislature, including the controversial guns on campus effort

tb1605If you have time today, tune in to watch the last gasp of the 2013 legislative session where guns on campus will be one of the top stories.

Today marks the final day when bills either pass or die.

The state’s universities are battling hard against a push to allow college students to carry guns on campus, and seem to have the state Senate on their side. But the Georgia General Assembly is among the nation’s most gun friendly, and most lawmakers do not want to alienate the gun lobby. So this will be a close battle and one that is getting national attention.

To watch from your computer, go here and click on the links on the left side. Updates also will be posted frequently on ajc.com.

According to the AJC summary of where the gun bill and the budget stand:

Efforts to expand access to guns across Georgia in places such as schools and college campuses are going right down to the wire. The crux of the issue: The House wants to allow guns on college campuses; the Senate, so far, has said it does not. If that hurdle is cleared, Senate Bill 101 — which also would let churches allow guns in sanctuaries, school boards to arm school administrators and military veterans younger than 21 to carry weapons — would likely reach final passage. It would be national news, given that the debate comes as many states and Congress wrestle with gun laws — especially whether to tighten restrictions in the wake of mass shootings such as December’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

House and Senate negotiators are close to an agreement on the $19.8 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget is crucial to the lives of millions of Georgians, helping to fund the education of about 2 million students and providing for health and nursing care for more than 1.6 million people. It funds road improvements and prisons, economic development initiatives and cancer research, business regulation, and water and sewer projects. The House and Senate are battling over funding cuts to Georgia Gwinnett College and the state’s technical colleges as well as proposed reductions in payments to doctors who treat the poor. The two chambers also could be using the budget as a bargaining chip in negotiations over ethics legislation.

–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

12 comments Add your comment

bootney farnsworth

March 28th, 2013
10:01 am

1-make it legal, then give individual schools the right to decide for themselves
2-regardless of the law, there are plenty of guns on campus already. plenty of them

Brasstown

March 28th, 2013
10:23 am

Let’s see just how stressful we can make teaching, then encourage them to go to work with a gun.

skipper

March 28th, 2013
10:24 am

My how times have changed. I remember back in the mid ’70’s at UGA. I was invited to go to south Georgia to shoot doves. I walked across the parking lot with my 20 guage Remington 870 pump shotgun, and my combination shell-holder-seat. I stuck them in my dorm room so we could leave the next morning. Nobody got shot, and believe it or not, I had no intentions of it! What happened?????????

Centrist

March 28th, 2013
10:45 am

Never mind if Va Tech had not been a gun free zone (except for the murderer) many lives would likely have been saved. Of course the point is that law abiding folks who go through the hoops of getting a carry license would be available to defend against the crooks and nuts we read about preying on the innocent in gun free zones. But instead, we mostly hear the illogical fear from the left.

Teaching is worse in FL

March 28th, 2013
10:57 am

When they let me carry a gun to the Capitol building, I’ll support guns everywhere else.

Centrist

March 28th, 2013
11:08 am

Few people have a problem where guns are screened in buildings with scanners – but that is not the case in most buildings, so self defense against criminals should not be discouraged with laws punishing potential innocent victims.

Simmer Down

March 28th, 2013
11:33 am

Guns do not belong in school period. If you think anything good will come out of the nutcases like the guy at VTech or Newtown having guns as well as law abiding students and administrators having guns in school you are as nuts as the nutcases and I don’t want you anywhere around my kids. And – I am NOT a liberal.

Bernie

March 28th, 2013
11:36 am

The Three Ring Circus is starting to come to a close. Our infamous CLOWN POSSE politicians will not leave us in aisles laughing as they head for the door. Lets take a quick review of a few of their infamous Wise decisions and endorsements this go around.

1. Guns – We can now expect them in our places of worship, Colleges & Universities, Bars and
places where excessive alcohol is purchased and consumed. Frequent use and discharge will be
expected while injuring and maiming many innocent standbys.

2. Fireworks – Just because there is money to be collected and can go into the coffers of the State.
Very Dangerous munitions can now be purchased more readily and more easily. We can now
expect a reporting of an increase of more traumatic injuries related to the handling and use of
them. We will see more injuries of minors and Children for sure in the Loss of sight, Hands &
Limb detachments.

3. Healthcare – Nothing to increase coverage or provide better access to Care or treatment,
especially for the Children,Seniors,Disabled, Mentally Handicapped. However there is a planned
reduction of payment to physicians who treat the poorest among us. ALL to make sure these
physicians are forced to stop doing just that, completely. The Decision is LETS STOP PAYING
THEM being they Love them so much. Never mind the FACT, that the Expansion Of The Federal
Medicaid program absolves the State of any Financial contributions for (3) three years and (90%)
after year (4 ) Four!………. This one is Truly, the most Disgusting!

If You were to ask, All of the millions of Children across this State. If all of this planned enacted Legislation is Being Christian like and MATURE Leadership for the PEOPLE. They would ALL LAUGH and look at each other faces, then shake their heads with Nods of NO!

If you were to ask those same Kids to describe a Character of one, who would make such decisions. They would all in UNISON, SCREAM LOUDLY….CLOWNS!

While shaking their heads in the affirmative, YES! while making FACES…like the ones who are making these decisions.

Pardon My Blog

March 28th, 2013
11:48 am

@Centrist – not sure that I agree with your statement. My child was there and in class when it happened, Cho had chained the main doors shut and walked into classrooms and starting shooting, not really giving many time to react. Perhaps if the ROTC kids (trained in gun use) had been armed they would have been able to go after him and maybe saved some lives.

We are naive to think that no guns exist on campuses, they do whether it is a hunting rifle, etc., however, to give a green light would, in my opinion, put more students at risk instead of making them safer.

I do strongly support universal background checks and required gun safety training in order to get a license and then you can purchase a gun. Look at all the hoops you have to go through to get a drivers license. Unfortunately, people like Cho are protected by the privacy laws and had the administration at VA Tech known of his issues dating all the way back to middle school, I doubt he would have been on campus in the first place.

Teaching is worse in FL

March 28th, 2013
2:44 pm

I continue to believe that non lethal ways of subduing a perp (like Tasers) are far less likely to hurt innocents.

Ol' Timer

March 30th, 2013
4:49 pm

The School Board paid Dr. Hall hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve the test scores of the children in the system when all they really needed to do was buy a box of #2 pencils with erasers.

“First God made idiots. That was for practice. Them he made School Boards.” ~Mark Twain

DLink

March 30th, 2013
9:32 pm

RAGE, Pure and Clean RAGE. From the heart of DeKalb County. I’ve seen corporations do this: “Fire the person with the lowest numbers at test time.” At the director, of so and so, and it was a massacre of lies and deceit from then on. And the director cried when they followed the order, and quit when it eventually showed itself to fail spectacularly. That was business, this is education.

BURN THEM ALL! Then burn whatever program put them in this position. Let the teachers teach. Pay them enough to do the job to the best of their ability. A curriculum should be a guideline, not a bible.

Someone in that long chain should have stood up for their students!

OK, this hit a very sore spot for me. I should leave now, before I get warmed up. Before I leave, I need to all caps something. I really need to leave. Right now.