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Georgia Senate OKs concealed gun carry for college campuses

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ATLANTA (AP) - Licensed gun owners who are 21 and older would be able to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a bill headed to his desk.

The proposal cleared the state Senate on Friday, 37 to 17.

The legislation would allow anyone age 21 and older to carry concealed handguns on campuses if they have the proper permit.

Concealed-carry license holders would not be able to carry firearms into athletic facilities or student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.

Other states, such as Texas and Utah, have enacted similar legislation.

Deal, a Republican, has not spoken against the bill as it moved through the General Assembly. The state university system's powerful governing Board of Regents opposed the change, arguing that it makes campus security more difficult.

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