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Bill expanding gun carry rights in Ga. passes

GEORGIA (KOKH/WKRC) -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal may be on the verge of signing the controversial "guns everywhere" bill.

The bill, passed with bipartisan support in the legislature, is jam-packed with changes to the states gun laws.

It allows people to carry firearms in previously restricted areas... including bars, nightclubs, school classrooms, libraries and sports arenas.

It would allow permit holders to carry guns into TSA checkpoints in airports with no penalty. It is a reduction from the maximum felony punishment currently in place.

According to the New York Times, the bill was opposed not only by gun-control groups, but also by the state's police chiefs association and restaurant association, Episcopal and Catholic churches, and the federal Transportation Security Administration. A majority of Georgians also opposed it, according to several polls.

Mr. Deal, a Republican, who is expected to sign the bill, is up for re-election this year, but there is no sign of a political backlash against him or anyone who voted for the legislation. The governor's Democratic opponent, State Senator Jason Carter, President Jimmy Carter's grandson, also voted for the bill.

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