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Guns in schools? Georgia bill becomes battleground

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

There is a battle boiling in Georgia. One side has politicians and well-crafted arguments. The other side has politicians, well-crafted arguments and guns.

Lawmakers passed the Safe Carry Protection Act two weeks ago, and now Gov. Nathan Deal, a strong gun-rights supporter, will decide whether to sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature or veto it.

If the sweeping, 29-page bill does become law, Peach State gun owners will have more places where they can legally bring their weapons. They won't get arrested for carrying guns into bars (though bar owners still can kick them out). School boards will be able to decide whether to let teachers bring guns to class. And gun owners will be able to stay strapped when visiting a government building, assuming that building doesn't have armed security guards.

Plenty of critics call the Safe Carry Protection Act the "guns everywhere bill," and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona is among those dissenting voices. In January 2011, Giffords was at a rally with constituents in Tucson, Ariz., when a man opened fire.

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