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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A gun bill expected to be introduced to the state legislature soon will have implications for colleges in Georgia.

Colleges in Georgia hoping state lawmakers grant them the power to decide for themselves whether to allow students to conceal and carry weapons on campus will have to keep hoping.

The gun bill expected to be introduced to the state legislature soon likely won't give colleges that power.

"I think restricting them from the campus or openly endorsing them, I don't think it's going to make any difference," said Joe Hayes, a student at Valdosta State University.

Other Valdostans say allowing students to carry weapons on campus isn't going to automatically increase the potential for violence.

"I don't think having a rule in place stopping you from bringing a gun on campus is gonna' stop somebody from bringing a gun on campus if they have a malicious desire to do that," explained Mike West, a Valdosta resident.

"I would like to know that I have the right to protect myself against that individual," West added.

Hayes says it's already legal to carry guns in public places, and colleges are public places, so there's no reason colleges shouldn't follow the same rules.

"I think being that it's public property, I suppose they should be able to follow the same rules or laws that they would carry for any other place," said Hayes. 

But for now, Georgia lawmakers aren't going to let that be the case.

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