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Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns In Churches

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The two chambers will now hash the legislation over in conference. They have until the end of the legislative session on Thursday to reach a compromise.

Under the Senate version of the bill, someone caught possessing a firearm in a church that bans guns would be charged with a misdemeanor and would have to pay a $100 fine.

The House bill also lets convicted felons claim "stand your ground" status, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which the Senate did not amend in its version. If the bill clears the final hurdle, convicted felons would be able to claim they acted in self-defense if they use deadly force.

Additionally, the House version of the bill would let people bring guns into bars, non-restricted areas of airports and some government buildings. It would also let K-12 schools allow employees to carry guns on campus.