Ossoff, Handel split over Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ measure

Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff.

The candidates in Georgia’s 6th District race are divided over one of the state’s biggest gun rights debates.

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are split over the “campus carry” gun rights expansion, which is squarely in the spotlight as the National Rifle Association gathers in Atlanta for its annual convention.

Ossoff said in an interview that he “absolutely” supports the Second Amendment and grew up with firearms in his household. But he said he was opposed to the measure pending on Gov. Nathan Deal’s measure.

“As we prepare young people in Georgia for the high-tech economy, they should be able to sit in class without worrying whether the student next to them has a Glock on their hip,” he said.Handel said through a spokeswoman that the measure “is in keeping with the personal protections granted in the Second Amendment.

“Significant changes to address concerns from the governor after last year’s veto have been added to improve the bill,” said the spokeswoman, Kate Constantini. “This bill treats law abiding 21 year olds responsible enough to go through the process of a background check and acquiring a concealed weapons permit like the adults they are.”

The June 20 runoff to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, is seen as an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity and a dry run for next year’s midterm elections.

Read more about the measure here.

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Joshua Ritz
Joshua Ritz

This alone is reason enough not to vote for Ossoff. Weapon permit holders commit crime at an incidence even lower than the general population. This is FEAR MONGERING. There are states that already have campus carry. It's not a killing field.

Bill Stoner
Bill Stoner

someone rubber stamp ossoff out of existance !

Bruce Perry Johnson
Bruce Perry Johnson

If we don't allow guns on college campus, who will defend us all against the truth?

Bruce Perry Johnson
Bruce Perry Johnson

SPLIT! There's a split on whether it's a good idea to allow guns in college? Which of these candidates actually went to college and which of them is a doddering corrupt incompetent woman?

Erica Brittany McIntosh
Erica Brittany McIntosh

Like, its there a Libertarian option? There should be. Its likely they're both swine like the rest of them but y'all keep arguing with each other instead of demanding a real choice. That'll do it! Amiright?

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

As if I needed another reason to oppose her...Ossoff for Congress!

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

GA has one of the best economies in the country! Why? Because it's run by conservatives. No debt, balanced budget, attracting business relocations and HQ's from all over the world. Why is California 1 trillion in debt and business leaving by the 1000's? Because it's run by liberals!

Arlie Rufus
Arlie Rufus

As long as there is a box of twinkies with the guns, Karen's ok

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Why have learning on campus when you can have lots of shootouts and blood? Guess those students will now ALL be getting "A's" no matter how they really perform.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Why will there be "shootouts and blood"? If a person is murderous I doubt a sign on campus that says "no weapons" really protects anyone now does it? Murderers do not need guns, if you want to kill you will find a way. Millions of Americans carry guns legally EVERYDAY and most deaths are from thugs not legal carry. Your statement shows you will say anything to support your liberal ideology

Tim Worley
Tim Worley

Wouldn't vote for Assoff if my life depended on it!

Tim Worley
Tim Worley

I'm 56 years old, been carrying a pistol since I was 16 years old, been in quite a few disagreements, haven't shot anyone •••••• yet, but if you come to take mine, probably my statistic may change!!!

Luanne West
Luanne West

News is full of drunken college kids killing each other at frat hazings now, just imagine the damage adding guns to the mix. We're not in Tombstone. Flip the sixth!!! Ossoff all the way!

Matt Steffney
Matt Steffney

Learn more about your gun rights at GeorgiaCarry.Org.

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Piss on ossoff! Georgia dont need a brain dead communist party moron, over any part of Georgia! Telling us how to live, and how to vote!! Not Hardley ossoff you creep!!

F Willis Herrin
F Willis Herrin

Hope all that out-of-State money does not affect the election.

Jim67
Jim67

"Handel said through a spokeswoman that the measure “is in keeping with the personal protections granted in the Second Amendment." 

These personal protections granted by the 2nd amendment start at the age of 21, then? All the 18,19,and 20 year-olds are just out of luck?

Lee Hager
Lee Hager

Of course Karen "stuff my pockets" Handel would support it as she's going to follow the party line. I don't even have to read the article to know that!

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Wow there's a shocker. Who would have thunk it.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Well, old snowflake probably was never taught anything about guns. His mother probably never let him play in a sandbox EVEN IF IT HAD A COVER OVER IT WHEN IT WASN'T IN USE!! He needs to learn that those Georgia boys outside of the Atlanta area know plenty about guns and how to use them safely. Gun safety is taught a lot more than the pathetic snowflakes can possibly imagine. What they don't know anything about they just make up whatever fiction suits them and their agenda. They can't possibly imagine that the reason for all the talk about taking guns away from people is directly related to wanting people at the mercy of the New World Order that Ossoff is directly engaged with - whether he knows it or not.

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

Better to be safe than sorry. Gun free zones have been the targets......

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

Well of course, they'd be split on such an issue. Bed-wetting Leftists hate the concept of people being able to defend themselves, while real Republicans fully support the legitimate rights articulated in the Constitution. Guns are evil in the puny minds of Democrats.

Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce

defend themelves from ISIS ? or another drunk student , or a frattie who was just kicked out of UGA for cheating/plagerism .. or a drunk susie being pissed that her frat boi was caught porking her bestie ?? yup ... these immature minds NEED to have firepower to protect themselves from each other ..

Chad Kesegi
Chad Kesegi

@ Ron Conroy - Bedwetting? Whatever makes you feel like a big boy, chief.

Barbara Watkins
Barbara Watkins

When was the Constitution written? Think about that. Karen Handel is scandalous. Why should she be in The Congress we are trying to rid of crooks?

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

Michael Joyce That's the thing about you Leftists. You don't believe that people are capable of self-control or adult behavior, especially when they have a gun. And, since when are college aged students "immature minds"? What sort of contempt must you have for your fellow citizens? Idiot...

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

Barbara Watkins The Constitution is timeless. The Bill of Rights is just as valid today as it was when it was written. We have a right to defend ourselves.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Michael Joyce If people want to kill each other for dumb reason's such as you listed, they do not need a gun or a permit, they will do it anyway with another weapon. You really have little faith in your fellow Georgian.

Ellen Davidson
Ellen Davidson

Barbara Watkins So you think since it was written long ago we should change it? The rights in the Constitution keep us free. Without the right to firearms we would be run by someone like Duerte so let that sink in. We have the right to carry to protect ourselves from threats including our government. You better hope Handel does get this, at least she believes in the constitution.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Ron Conroy Self control...adult behavior...interesting comment...how many Americans die in gun related deaths each day?

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Ellen Davidson Every right in the Constitution is subject to regulation. Surely you are aware of this fact.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Ron Conroy Rights are not unlimited. Every right granted us in the Constitution is subject to government regulation. Surely you know this fact.

Cj Sage
Cj Sage

Rights are not granted by the constitution. It is a contract with the government by "We the People" to limit the government. But please continue.

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

Howard Smith Actually, the firearm homicide rate only accounts for approximately 0.4% of all deaths in 2014 (~11,000). It's a fairly small number. And, the Constitution does not grant rights to the people. We already have those rights. The Constitution merely prevents the government from infringing on those rights. And no, they should not be regulated.

Cj Sage
Cj Sage

Here's a noble idea! You can take/have/do whatever you want to with every criminal's firearm which is already illegal for them to have. With that said leave us law abiding the hell alone and quit infringing upon our right to self protection. Simple!

Bob Jones
Bob Jones

You Republicans are so NARROW minded! Democrats are Americans as well...and they DO believe in the 2nd Amendments rights. Hey just ask anyone that lives on Chicago's southside...a strong Democratic stronghold! They'll tell you they can get a gun anytime they want, and what the hell, if they don't like someone's looks, they can just shoot them dead!

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

Bob Jones Funny! You call Republicans the "NARROW minded" ones as you confuse the intentions of the Second Amendment with a desire to kill someone over their appearance (aka committing a crime). Good job!

Ron Conroy
Ron Conroy

I can't find it now, but the ultra-Left HuffPo posted an article relatively recently (last 12-18 months) complaining about how unfair it is that potential victims were allowed to legally defend themselves with firearms against muggers, rapists and murderers who might not have equal access to firearms themselves. How sick, twisted and demented must you be to come up with that?

Cj Sage
Cj Sage

Right along with these same idiots now complaining that these criminals are denied their due process because they get killed in the commission of a felony.