Gov. Deal Calls For Revised ‘Campus Carry’ Legislation

Rose Mabus showed up at the Gun Appreciation rally in Danville, Pa. with a handgun on her hip.
Rose Mabus showed up at the Gun Appreciation rally in Danville, Pa. with a handgun on her hip.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal suggested Tuesday that changes are needed to “campus carry” legislation passed by the Georgia legislature last week.

The statement did not say whether he would veto the bill sent to his desk, which would allow licensed gun holders to carry their weapons on the campuses of public colleges and universities in the state.

It makes exceptions, for dorms, fraternities and sororities, and sporting events.

Deal’s statement says he is a “staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, but “legitimate points have been made” regarding concerns about K-12 students who attend classes or daycare on college campuses.

One of the original bill’s sponsors, Republican Rick Jasperse, declined to comment until he has more time to review Deal’s statement. 

The statement from the governor’s office reads: “As a lifetime defender and staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Gov. Deal has signed every pro-gun bill to reach his desk. However, he believes legitimate points have been made in regards to certain aspects of the ‘campus carry’ bill and he calls on the General Assembly to address these concerns in related legislation before Sine Die. 

Specifically, these areas of concern include dually enrolled k-12 students who leave school to attend classes at a university or technical college campus, as well as daycare centers on these same campuses. Deal also believes the governing boards of universities and technical colleges should have the discretion to set reasonable rules regarding disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices.

Addressing these issues is an important step in ensuring the safety and freedoms of students, faculty and staff in our institutions of higher learning throughout our state.”