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Most glaringly, the bill would dangerously expand the scope of the state’s existing Stand Your Ground law. Research shows that Stand Your Ground laws are associated with as many as 700 additional homicides nationwide each year. And after Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83%. HB 875 would expand the law even further to protect felons who kill using illegally possessed guns.
Also alarming, this legislation essentially eliminates the crime of carrying guns on college and university campuses. Even though the Georgia Board of Regents and 78% of Georgia registered voters oppose allowing concealed carry on college campuses, this bill would effectively force colleges and universities to allow guns on campus by taking the teeth out of the crime. This legislation would prohibit jail time and even arrest for violators of this law, allowing a maximum penalty of a $100 fine. Under HB 875, people who illegally carry guns on the campuses of Georgia’s colleges and universities would be penalized less severely than if they were caught driving 15 mph over the speed limit.