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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Major changes to a gun bill at the state capitol. The current version of House Bill 875 would allow permit holders to bring their guns into bars and churches. It would get around a prohibition of guns on college campuses by essentially decriminalizing it.    

A legal gun owner caught with a weapon on campus could not be arrested or lose his gun but might have to pay a small fine. The bill would also force local governments either to hire armed security at all their buildings, or allow people to bring their guns inside.    

Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis says the association of county commissioners of Georgia is still evaluating the new version of the bill and negotiating with lawmakers, but he wouldn't worry if the bill passes.

I've been in local government for 40 years and I've never been concerned about that, I've never had a personal situation or confrontation, I've been with several cities and counties," said Richard Crowdis, County administrator.

The bill passed a house committee last week. It hasn't come up for a vote in the full house yet.

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