Ga. lawmakers debate easing gun carrying rules

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers will debate new rules that could allow more mentally ill people to legally carry firearms.

Amendments made to the plan Wednesday may blunt some of the impact.

The
issue has surfaced as House Republicans are pushing for legislation
that would permit school districts to arm their employees and generally
give people more freedom to carry firearms.

Right now, judges can
refuse to issue a license to carry a gun to anyone who has received
inpatient treatment at mental hospitals or drug treatment centers within
five years. Legislation from Jasper Republican Rep. Rick Jasperse would
allow those patients to receive a license so long as they were not
involuntarily hospitalized in the prior five years.

The bill would make it easier for judges to check some mental health history.

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