Although Gov. Deal vetoed the “Campus Carry” bill in May of this year, lawmakers are working on a new version they’re hoping to bring up in January.
House Speaker David Ralston spoke at an interview last Wednesday, saying. “Let’s put together a new bill. Maybe address some of the concerns that were raised, and take additional measures necessary to protect our constitutional rights under the Second Amendment, which is what I’m all about.”
This year, the bill would have allowed weapons on the campuses of Georgia’s public colleges and universities. Ralston says if anything, next year’s version will be stronger, “There may be some other protections that we can talk about that we can even have a stronger bill than we had last year.”
Many university presidents spoke out against the previous legislation and hopefully will continue their support, including the University of Georgia president. Soon to retire University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby also spoke out against the legislation at the time, stating, “The bottom line: we oppose this legislation. Our campus police officers will tell you that allowing students to have firearms on campus makes their job extremely challenging, particularly if an extreme emergency were to occur.”
This time, however, there seems to be a lot more uncertainty. The University System will have interim Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who has yet to formally support or denounce campus carry legislation.