A Georgia House committee approved a bill Monday that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.
"This is changing the dynamic, and it's allowing people and affording the opportunity to defend themselves," said Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, sponsor of the bill.
The measure has faced opposition, including from the university system's chancellor, Steve Wrigley. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar measure last year.
"I feel that guns on campus do not increase any safety whatsoever for our student, the professors, the administrators," Diane Ranna, with the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Guns in America, said.
This year's bill exempts on-campus preschools, in addition to student housing and athletic venues. The bill can now be scheduled for a full vote in the House.