ATLANTA -

Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

The bill introduced Thursday was assigned to committee, where it will be reviewed.

The legislation would allow the guns to be carried openly or concealed, as long as the firefighter has the permission of the local fire department.
    
The bill comes nearly a year after a group of firefighters in Gwinnett County were held captive by an armed gunman who was later killed by police. The firefighters, who had been responding to an emergency medical call at a house, were not harmed.

Campus carry provision to be dropped from another bill


A key Georgia lawmaker says a provision that would have allowed students to carry weapons on public college campuses will be dropped from a revised gun bill expected to be introduced soon.
 
Rep. John Meadows, chair of the House Rules Committee, said in an interview 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.
 
Last year's bill that would have expanded gun rights on public college campuses and in churches ultimately failed amid objection from university system officials.
 
Meadows says a potential compromise that would have given university presidents the option of allowing guns didn't pass legal review. Meadows says "the power designated to the General Assembly can't be given to the university presidents."