The House reconvened on Monday, March 14 for day 36 of the 2016 legislative session and an extremely busy week, as sine die (the 40th and final day of the 2016 session) is just days away. We had a busy legislative agenda this week, both on the House floor and in committee meetings as we continued to review, study and vote on legislation. With day 40 right around the corner, many more House and Senate bills received final passage this week and are now on their way to Governor Deal’s desk for consideration.Read more
Why I Voted ‘Yes’ to Campus Carry
By State Representative Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick)
Without a doubt, this is a troubling time in America. Mass shootings have been happening with seemingly greater intensity. HB 859, the “campus carry” bill, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), would permit 21 year old, licensed concealed carry permit holders to carry a concealed weapon on Georgia’s publicly funded college campuses, but not in dorms or at athletic events. The following is my publicly stated position on this very difficult issue.
First, let me share some eye-opening statistics about deaths occurring as a result of mass shootings in America from the FBI:
- 14.3 = number of deaths, on average, in mass shootings when everyone in the victim group is unarmed.
- 2.3 = number of deaths, on average, in mass shootings when at least one person in the victim group is armed.