North Georgia’s state Senator Jeff Mullis did not vote for or against allowing firearms on campus for already-legal weapons carry permit holders on Tuesday, he simply did not cast a vote when the bill hit the Senate floor, striking a stark difference from the previous legislative year.
The legislation, if signed into law, would allow persons 21 and older who are eligible to possess a Georgia Weapons Carry permit to carry a firearm on a public college or university campus. Students and visitors under the age of 21 would still be prohibited under Georgia law. Athletic facilities, dorms, fraternity and sorority houses, and buildings where daycare centers are located would all be exempt from the law.
One of the most influential men in Georgia, state Senator Jeff Mullis was the only senator to not cast a vote on the measure though the bill still passed 32-22, though he voted YES on the same measure in 2016 (See HB 859). So where does Mullis stand on this issue?
The Georgia State Senate considered the measure for the second time in two years Tuesday afternoon. A similar measure passed both chambers in 2016, however, Governor Deal vetoed the bill citing concerns over the legislature’s failure to exempt buildings with child care facilities.
Georgia is one of 17 states in the country that requires students to forfeit their Second Amendment rights on university property. Georgia joins California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina and Wyoming in banning carrying. In 24 states the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses is made by each college or university individually.
Mullis was sworn in in 2001 and is currently the Rules Chairman.