He blamed the “fourth branch of government,” the Board of Regents, who, he said, declared the campus carry issue “taboo.”
“The Board of Regents has been opposed to this since day one and, yes, they are the fourth branch of government,” he said. “We were fighting an uphill battle.”
Senate Bill 101 would have expanded where guns are allowed in Georgia, including much of college campuses. It passed the House by a vote of 116-55 but stalled in the Senate over the issue of guns on campuses.
Chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Powell said House and Senate negotiators had agreed Wednesday to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry weapons on college campuses with the requirement that permit holders between the ages of 21 and 25 would have to complete an eight-hour safety course first.
But Powell said the Senate demanded even more Thursday, playing games with what he called an important second amendments rights issue. “They wanted everybody to stand for this training, That was something we could not do,” Powell said.
“It is the same old game,” he told his House colleagues as minutes remained in the 2013 session.
“That being said, I want to say this one more time. Each and every one of you in this House, especially those of you who voted in favor, you did it in a straight up and down manner. I will tell you that when you come back next year, you may have the opportunity to deal with this again. ”
He closed with, “Pack your pistols.”
–from Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog