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Bill Being Reviewed To Allow Firefighters To Have Guns On Duty

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File photo of a gun. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gun. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation proposed in the Georgia House would allow firefighters in the state to carry guns while on duty as long as they gain permission from their employer.

The bill introduced Thursday was assigned to committee, where it will be reviewed.

The legislation would allow the guns to be carried openly or concealed, as long as the firefighter has the permission of the local fire department.

The bill comes nearly a year after a group of firefighters in Gwinnett County were held captive by an armed gunman who was later killed by police. The firefighters, who had been responding to an emergency medical call at a house, were not harmed.

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