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It's still illegal to take a gun to church in Georgia

ATLANTA — Guns will remain banned in Georgia bars, churches and college classrooms after legislation attempting to lift that ban died in the Georgia legislature late Thursday.

Proponents had attempted to save the bill by requiring training for those who would take a firearm to church, but the proposal failed to gain enough support on the last day of the 2013 legislative session when the House and Senate could not agree on the training provision.

The state's Republican-led House had approved the bill March 7. One of the sponsors, state Representative John Meadows, said it was designed to restore gun carry rights that have been chipped away over the years.

The legislation was part of a backlash against a national push to strengthen gun control laws after last December's school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, said Democratic state Representative Karla Drenner, a critic of the bill and a college professor.

Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, whose office tried to broker a compromise on the legislation, still believes firearms training is an "important component" of allowing guns on campus, spokesman Brian Robinson said on Friday.