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Controversial Georgia gun bill fails

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With only minutes left in Georgia's 2013 legislative session, a controversial gun bill that would have expanded the types of places where people could carry guns, failed.

State Rep. Mable Thomas said she was thrilled that the bill was not voted on, and hopes that it does not come up in next year's legislative session.

"Every now and then good things happen on the last day," Thomas said. "After Newtown, you would think we'd do more gun control, and we went the other way. Somehow or another it worked out in the last hours that we could not get this bill passed."

The bill would have allowed people to bring guns onto college campuses, into churches and would have allowed certain school administrators to be armed.

Proponents of the bill, like James Camp with Georgia Carry, said it would have made Georgians safer.

"Police do a wonderful job, but they can't be everywhere and they can't save everybody," Camp said.

Legislators did pass a budget and an ethics bill that limits the amount of money lobbyists can spend on public officials.

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