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Campus Carry Bill Blown Away

A proposal to allow guns on college campuses has been shot down.

The bill—which also would have allowed guns in churches and bars—jammed last year when gun rights advocates pushed for it but higher education officials and law enforcement opposed it. 

A compromise version floated earlier this week would have allowed college presidents to decide whether licensed students could carry their guns to class, but lawyers informed legislators today that they can’t delegate their power to say what is a crime, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“It’s unconstitutional for us to give college presidents the right to decide,” said state Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell).

Lawmakers told the AJC and The Associated Press that the bill will now aim at allowing school districts to arm employees and denying concealed-carry permits to people who were found not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity.