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Thursday May 7th, 2015 5:44AM

Deal in NE Ga. today to sign bill expanding gun rights in state

By The Associated Press
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

The bill signing will take place midday today in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston expected to be on hand.

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

Deal is making bill-signing stops in Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Hartwell as well today.

(AccessNorthGa.com's Ken Stanford contributed to this story.)
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