Governor Deal giving positive vibes on 'Campus Carry'
Governor Nathan Deal caught a lot of flak last year from Second Amendment supporters after he vetoed the 2016 "Campus Carry" bill. However, as this year's version awaits signature, Deal seems to be signaling a more positive opinion of the measure.
In an interview with the AJC's Greg Bluestein, the governor said the 2017 Campus Carry bill is “significantly different” than last year's legislation. He's referring to changes that would exempt childcare facilities from the proposed law.
“You have to give credit to them doing that. I had made some of these suggestions last year, and they were not heeded,” he said. “This year, not only did they take my suggestions, they added a few of their own, such as college and career academies that may be located on the grounds of a technical college or college or university. So they expanded even the excluded areas that I have outlined. It is a much different bill.”
If signed, the bill would allow permitted individuals over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in most areas of a college campus. Exceptions to the measure include student housing (including fraternity and sorority houses) and athletic facilities. It also features a provision that would forbid guns in daycare centers and areas common to high school students.
Governor Deal has until May 9 to decide whether or not he will sign the bill into law.
Georgia is currently one of 17 states that bans carrying a concealed weapon on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.