ATLANTA (AP) - The controversial proposal to overhaul Georgia's gun carry law has been approved by the Senate.

Senators debated for nearly two hours before voting in favor of the bill 41-12. The measure would allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms onto college campuses and into churches and bars.

Bill sponsor Sen. Mitch Seabaugh says the bill clarifies the firearms carry law for the state's 300,000 gun owners with permits to carry weapons and leaves the decision up to private property owners as to whether to exclude people from carrying guns on their property.

The Board of Regents would determine the policy for the state's college campuses and has opposed the legislation.

The proposal would also transfer issuing of licenses from the state's 159 county probate judges to the Secretary of State's Office.


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