The Associated Press is reporting that a provision to allow students to carry weapons on public college campuses in Georgia will be dropped from the gun bill.

Rep. John Meadows, chair of the House Rules Committee, said Thursday that the bill will instead focus on enhancing reporting of the mentally ill and empowering local school districts to arm employees if they wish.

An “opt in” or “opt out” plan that would have let individual university presidents decide if guns would be allowed on campus was declared unconstitutional by the Legislature’s own legal counsel.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.