ATLANTA, Ga. — Despite Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a bill allowing concealed handguns on college and university campuses, conservative lawmakers say the fight is far from over.
Sponsoring Rep. Rick Jasperse, a Republican from Jasper, said he was disappointed in the veto, primarily because of the need for increased safety on campuses.
The bill would have allowed anyone age 21 and up to carry a concealed handgun on campus with a state-issued permit. Other states have enacted similar laws, with neighboring Tennessee as the most recent example.
Jasperse said an armed robbery on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus Tuesday highlighted the need for this legislation, while showing that police do not have the ability to protect everyone on campus at all times.
Tuesday was the last possible day for the Governor to issue vetoes.
By: Associated Press May 3, 2016
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 has vetoed 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.