The Georgia General Assembly session has ended, but not without some modification to existing gun legislation. Legislation was passed by the House and accepted by the Senate which does the following:
*Retains the school safety zone for public and private colleges and universities BUT removes the 1000 ft. buffer zone
*Retains an expanded definition of weapons (more than handguns and knives) BUT changes the penalty for violation of the statute as follows: misdemeanor for license holders BUT remains a felony conviction for all others
*Allows any license holder (including students 21 or over) to have a weapon in a parked vehicle located within a school safety zone. Note that the statute does not require the vehicle be locked or the weapon otherwise secured
*Allows a license holder to have a weapon in his or her possession in a vehicle (not locked or otherwise secured) when picking up or dropping off a student
*Allows any person to have a weapon in a locked compartment or a locked container when picking or dropping off a student
The bill now moves to the Governor's desk for approval. The Governor has 40 days (until about the second week in June) to sign legislation.