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Campus gun bill passes through Congress

A bill has been passed to consider allowing guns in public schools (Source: WALB) A bill has been passed to consider allowing guns in public schools (Source: WALB)
Joi Zieh (Source: WALB) Joi Zieh (Source: WALB)
Laurentis Gaines (Source: WALB) Laurentis Gaines (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Governor Nathan Deal now has the power to enable college students to carry firearms on campus.

Earlier Friday, Congress passed a bill that would allow anyone over 21 and over with a weapons license to carry a gun on a public campus.

If approved by Deal, public schools like Albany State will have to adapt.

"I believe its scary just knowing that everybody or anybody has a gun. The situation that happened, if there was no gun in the picture, the young man could have still been alive," said Joi Zieh.

Savannah State suffered a death from gun violence in 2015. Their campus queen thinks guns won't make public campuses safe.

"We're already trying to address drug abuse and alcohol use on campuses but now you're making it harder because now we have to deal with gun carry laws on campus so that makes it harder for us to try to protect our own students," said Albany State SGA president Laurentis Gaines.

If Governor Deal passes the bill into law, Georgia will be the 9th state to do so.

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