Saying “colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed licensed owners to carry guns on campus in all but a few buildings.
The “campus carry” legislation, HB 859, would have allowed guns on campuses and in buildings owned by any public college, technical school or other institution, providing exceptions only for areas used for athletic events, dormitories, and fraternity and sorority houses.
As member station WABE reports, Deal’s veto comes two years after he signed the so-called guns everywhere bill — officially, the Safe Carry Protection Act, which broadly increased the places gun owners in Georgia can carry weapons. As NPR reported at the time, the list of approved places included “unsecured government buildings.”
But on Tuesday, the governor said guns shouldn’t be allowed on campuses, as WABE says, “at least not without stricter rules on where they can be carried.”
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