April 18, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) _ The Georgia Senate has decided now is not the time for a vote on a bill giving gun owners more freedoms given the massacre at Virginia Tech.
Senate leaders said that it would be insensitive to the victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech -- including two from Georgia -- to debate the plan.
The measure was put at the bottom of legislation to be considered, effectively killing it for the year.
The bill combines two plans. One would allow motorists to store handguns anywhere in their cars, instead of keeping them in plain sight, a glove compartment or front-seat console, as required under current law. The other prevents employers from banning their workers from having guns in vehicles in the company parking lot.The plan's original sponsor, state Representative Tim Bearden of Villa Rica, said he was upset by the Senate action. He said a bill like his would make it easier for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in the case of attacks like the one in Virginia.