ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's lieutenant governor says he opposes
loosening the state's concealed weapons laws this year to allow
guns in more public places.
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle signaled Monday that he's not
interested in a repeat of last year's heated gun battle that put
Georgia in the crosshairs of the National Rifle Association.
A state Senate study committee has been looking at expanding the
places where Georgians may carry concealed weapons to possibly
include churches and university campuses.
Last year, lawmakers approved a bill permitting those with
permits to carry concealed weapons in state parks, restaurants that
serve alcohol and on public transportation.
The law spurred a legal battle at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport after gun rights advocates argued that the
airport qualified as public transportation.