Atlanta - It would no longer be a crime to have a fishing knife, bat, or razor blade in your car on school grounds under a bill that has cleared a state Senate committee.
House Bill 377 by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) would leave it up to schools whether to punish the student administratively, but it would longer be a crime subject to an arrest.
“Under current Georgia law, a student or a soccer mom that has a Swiss Army knife in their glove box and drives it onto a school campus and parks, is committing a felony,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Setzler says he introduced the bill after a Lassiter High School student was arrested in September for having a tackle box with three fishing knives inside his car. He says it was one of three such incidents this fall just in Cobb County.
The bill would no longer make it a criminal charge as long as no intent was made to harm anyone. The bill does not apply to firearms.
The measure already passed the House unanimously.