ATLANTA (AP) – Gov. Nathan Deal has blocked a push to allow anyone with a permit to carry concealed handguns on Georgia campuses.
The Republican governor said Tuesday that he will veto the bill, which would have allowed anyone age 21 and over to carry a concealed handgun on campus with the proper permit. Deal had previously voiced his concern for on-campus daycare centers and dually-enrolled students when asking the legislature to reconsider the language of the bill.
Supporters of the bill view it as a way to make campuses safer, while opponents have cited costs for increased safety measures and the impact it would have on higher education.
Nine states have currently passed legislation allowing concealed handguns on campus, including: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.