A gun bill that's pitting the business wing of
the Republican Party against the National Rifle Association is
moving swiftly through the state Senate.
The chamber's Rules Committee is set to hold a hearing on the
measure on Tuesday. It is expected to reach a floor vote by the end
of the week, the Legislature's first back in session.
At issue is a bill that would allow employees to leave firearms
in their locked vehicles at work.
It's a top priority for the National Rifle Association, which
opposes the limit on where law-abiding gun owners may carry their
weapons. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce opposes the bill, arguing
it infringes on private property rights.
The bill was scuttled last year in the wake of the Virginia Tech
massacre. Some Georgia lawmakers complained that the NRA was
leaning on them to vote for the measure just days after the deadly