Georgia Governor asks for follow-up bills to campus carry
Mar 15, 2016 12:11 AM EDT
Following a bill that constitutes campus carry being lifted, Georgia governor Nathan Deal called on Monday for a General Assembly which will address concerns made by his opponents.
According to Yahoo, Governor Nathan Deal's office has released a statement saying that there should be fixes in the bill and that the he might refuse to sign it if no action will be done by lawmakers. The statement further ensues that Deal wants lawmakers to act before the year's session ends. However, the lawmakers will adjourn on March 24, 2016, limiting that working days to 4 before they put the bill to a floor vote.
The State Senate on Friday has sent Deal the bill allowing licensed gun owners who are 21 and older to carry their weapons on public college campuses, as reported by WRAL. But athletic and student facilities such as fraternity and sorority houses are exempted from the bill.
Pro-gun supporter named George Carry argued that gun-free campuses are being targeted and people who have the license have the right to defend themselves while in the campus. Moreover, the statement from the governor is pertaining to the campuses who allow K-12 students which is a concern.
Meanwhile, AJC wrote that some were not in favor of this campus carry bill. It is notable that the governor has since fought the legislation to lift the ban on campus areas. Last month, the governor said that fears of the campus carry leading to a wild west situation are disputable. However, he called that there should be compromise.
George State University President Mark Becker also wrote a letter saying "I am deeply concerned that if this bill becomes law our campus will become less safe, not more safe as intended by the authors of the bill," thus, indicating his concerns whether the bill is a benefit or malevolence.
Several other states have allowed people to bring licensed, concealed weapons including Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, 23 states left the decision regarding the ban to their respective colleges and universities while 19 states such as Georgia is still tough on banning weapons on school premises.