Nathan Deal signs campus carry allowing guns at Georgia public colleges

Nathan Deal signed campus carry today.

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From the Governor’s Office:

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 280, which permits weapons carry license holders to carry firearms in specific and limited areas on college campuses.

This legislation addressed major concerns voiced by the governor last year regarding HB 859, which permitted a weapons carry license holder to carry a concealed weapon into certain areas of a college campus that had previously been prohibited. HB 859 failed, however, to address Deal’s concerns regarding the prohibition of firearms in “sensitive places,” including campus preschools, disciplinary hearings, or faculty and administrative offices. As a result, the legislation was vetoed.

This year, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed HB 280, which maintains the same restrictions present in HB 859. It also addresses the areas of campus over which Deal previously raised concerns, along with additional areas of college campuses where weapons would not be permitted.

“It is altogether appropriate that weapons not be allowed in sensitive areas on college campuses, and I appreciate the thoughtful consideration given by the General Assembly in expanding these excluded areas within a college campus in this year’s bill,” said Deal. “While HB 280 addresses the rights and restrictions relating to weapons carry license holders on a college campus, it in effect may have greater significance for students who are going to or coming from a campus. Unfortunately, in parts of the state, the path to higher education travels through dangerous territory.

“At the present time, assailants can, and do, target these students knowing full well that their victims are not permitted to carry protection, even those who are weapons carry license holders, because they are either going to or coming from a campus where no weapons are allowed. In recent years, we’ve witnessed college students fall victim to violent attacks in or while traveling to libraries and academic buildings, and while traveling to and from their homes to class.

“As this legislation is more narrowly tailored as to exclude areas on a college campus, I’ve signed HB 280.”

HB 280 prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon by anyone, including weapons carry license holders, on the following areas of a college campus:

·         Buildings or property used for athletic sporting events;

·         Student housing, including but not limited to dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses;

·         Any preschool or childcare space;

·         Any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school;

·         Any room or space used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the “Move on When Ready Act”;

·         Any faculty, staff, or administrative offices; and,

·         Rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted.

 

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103 comments
Glynnda White
Glynnda White

WOW!  Man do we need this in Florida!  Sure could have come in handy for the girls that Ted Bundy got years ago in Gainesville or the students who were shot in Tampa several years ago....I could go on, but the students the bad guys got to cannot......

John Totten
John Totten

Guess he was term limited and felt like no negative political risk. Rather an accomplishment that could give him opportunities at national level. Hope that this guns at all costs doesn't end with the foreboding feeling that many of us have. Seems like the halls of education should be a sanctuary from all this??

Cindy McEver
Cindy McEver

And now someone from the governors office should visit all campuses in Georgia to explain all the rules and how they work. And that someone also needs to teach faculty and staff to act when faced with this situation when confronted with a gun.

Shannon Etheridge Whitten
Shannon Etheridge Whitten

Disappointed in this fellow WaCo natives decision. Too young to carry. Its a health issue. They are not mature enough at this age to carry. Be wise don't back down due to pressure.

Tim Hotle
Tim Hotle

Now get rid of the silly restrictions. Too much crime happens because criminals are attracted to gun free zones.

Theron Johnson
Theron Johnson

Blood will be on your hands if something happens to our youth why would u promote gun violence u should have signed a bill for students to carry books how is a gun helping them u idiot

Tonja McCord Flippen
Tonja McCord Flippen

Oh, make sure you invest in sign that reads...I'm the good guy in case a campus cop gets trigger happy.

William Washington
William Washington

This cobbled together bill is so problematic it's ridiculous. Yet the POSSIBILITY of a student being armed might cause a would be criminal to think twice.

Ronnie Wheeler
Ronnie Wheeler

guns owners y'all just shoot your\U0001f607\U0001f607\U0001f607\U0001f607 self to death

Mercedes Cass
Mercedes Cass

CONGRATULATIONS!! That will stop anyone wanting to commita a crime on campus.

Rob Fine
Rob Fine

Let's see how the deplorables handle this.

Michele Martinet Cormier
Michele Martinet Cormier

WOW - I taught college for about 10 years and as much as I loved teaching I would quit if students were armed. If I had a kid in college that had a nut job ex-boyfriend I'd be scared to death. And before anyone starts comparing an 18 year old college freshmen to someone that joined the military right out of high school - they TRAIN them and SUPERVISE them before the arm them. No comparison.

Frank Lazaro
Frank Lazaro

1. You need to be 21 to legally carry concealed firearm in GA. So no 18 or 19 or 20 year old can legally carry a firearm. 2. A nut job ex-boyfriend, who is intent on shooting your daughter will ignore any and every law to shoot her on a college campus or anywhere for that matter. Your arguments seem to be void of facts. You would be more honest to just say you are anti-gun.

Roger Swaine
Roger Swaine

At least there's decent affordable healthcare to cater for the inevitable carnage at some point... Oh wait - maybe not...

Anne Flanagan Ball
Anne Flanagan Ball

I think this is a horrible bill - alcohol can definitely fuel a situation!

Charlton Harris
Charlton Harris

All these Yosemite Sam want to bes coming out the trailer parks will be the first one to get knocked off on campus.

Charlton Harris
Charlton Harris

Who? I didnt comprehend that. You need to get out of the trailer park more often so you can learn how to articulate yourself a lot better. Ok John Graham?

Cheryl Matthew Copemann
Cheryl Matthew Copemann

Young people, booze, and drugs, what a combination. Hope Deal is prepared to deal with the aftermath.

Kim Karr
Kim Karr

So this is supposed to help them defend themselves as they run back and forth to their car to get it or leave it for the places they can and cannot carry it. Politicians are so stupid and we are to because we keep electing them.

Rocky Dushane
Rocky Dushane

I love how these libs are crying about this campus carry law. I bet if their little snowflake was in the sites of an active shooter, they will thank God my son was there. Yes he carries.

Shaun Whitlock
Shaun Whitlock

Snowflake: a supposed derogatory term coined by someone who needs to carry a gun to by a sandwich.

Charlton Harris
Charlton Harris

I would be the first one to put your son in a box too if he came round my child like he Yosemite Sam... Dont need no Dylan roof copy cats around

Dorothy Weston
Dorothy Weston

In this day and time !!!!! WHAT IS HE THINKING?? !!!!!!!!!!

Rick Ray
Rick Ray

\U0001f633\U0001f633 Armed and drunk frat boys...

Scooch Sterling
Scooch Sterling

Just insane!! Kids/Drugs/Guns and no supervision Spells Trouble. Simply Stupid\U0001f61d

Carole Petz
Carole Petz

So glad my child goes to school not in this crazy state

Natan Kerendian
Natan Kerendian

How do y'all feel knowing a 23 year old student put together this law?

Willian Prado
Willian Prado

Yet at the trump and NRA conference they won't allowed gun inside. I wanna see him doing town hall meeting with focus and let them in with their guns. I bet where his family members go to college there are no guns inside the classroom.

Jon Rykal
Jon Rykal

You sure about that? This is straight from their website. During the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in accordance with Georgia law.

Willian Prado
Willian Prado

Jon Rykal Yes, just because it is on their website, does not mean it true. These people will lie tooth an nail just to make their base happy. So if you didn't go out there, you don't know it.

Adam Hayes
Adam Hayes

If their website is a lie then where is your proof they didn't allow it? Cite your sources.

Bill Rhew
Bill Rhew

Those of you who who are against this bill are ignorant to the facts. Only those 21 and older can apply for a concealed carry permit. The reality is that there are already kids on campus carrying guns for their own and others protection.

Lorie Beekman
Lorie Beekman

Unless you are a full on libertarian, this argument doesn't hold up. Just because people have something illegally doesn't mean it should then legal for everyone. Either way, guns have no business in schools.

Tyisha Hudson
Tyisha Hudson

Why ???!!! I'm starting to truly resent this country

Joel McCague
Joel McCague

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Joseph Schriefer
Joseph Schriefer

Outstanding job passing this piece of common sense gun reform. I'm sure all the fringe left have gone into full on panic mode, but the simple fact is the evidence just doesn't support their irrational fears. All one has to do is scroll through the comments to see just how little they actually think and research the subject.

Shirley Thompson Rogers
Shirley Thompson Rogers

If someone wants to commit a crime, they will take a gun on campus whether there is a law or not.