Campus Carry

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Georgia’s campus carry law allows firearms on all public college campuses, minus a few excepted spaces. We hear about the research into the effectiveness of such laws with Matthew Boedy, a Professor of English at the University of North Georgia. Also Mark Rosenberg, former President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health.

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Georgia’s public college and universities are back in session this week, and there’s a new presence on their campuses: concealed handguns.

Faculty, staff, and students are still trying to navigate exactly where guns will be allowed under the state’s new "campus carry" law.

The Breakroom returns to discuss the news of the week. Our panel  includes Atlanta-based author Nicki Salcedo; Christian Zsilavetz, Executive Director of Pride School Atlanta; Natalie Pawelski of Cater Communications; and veteran Jon Jackson, who runs a farm in Milledgeville.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed the campus carry law. Starting July 1, anyone with a weapons license can carry a concealed gun on a state school’s campus. The Chief of Police for Valdosta, home of Valdosta State University, says this is bad news for public safety. Here’s Chief Brian Childress, in his own words.

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There’s mixed reaction on college campuses after Governor Nathan Deal’s signing of a bill allowing concealed weapons on some parts of public college and university campuses.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill legalizing the concealed carry of firearms in some areas of public college and university campuses.

Last year, many against the bill celebrated strong language in Governor Deal's veto of a similar bill.

In that veto, Deal's office said it was "highly questionable" that the bill would make students safer.

‘Campus Carry’ Bill Inches Forward

Mar 28, 2017
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Legislation that would allow guns on Georgia’s public college and university campuses is one step closer to passage.

The “campus carry” bill made it through the state Senate Tuesday with a vote of 32-22 after more than an hour of debate.

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A new form of the "campus carry" bill is advancing in the Georgia legislative session. The bill would effectively permit concealed carry of firearms on public colleges across the state. Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a similar measure in last years’ legislative session. With us to discuss the new version is Maureen Downey, education reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Also with us by phone is Matthew Boedy, Professor of English at the University of North Georgia.

Georgia House Backs Bill Allowing Guns On College Campuses

Mar 3, 2017

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal's forceful veto last year, Georgia's House approved another bill on Friday that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses.

By a vote of 108-63, the Republican House majority sent the bill to the state Senate, which could set up another politically unpopular rejection by the Republican governor.

Georgia House Panel Approves Bill Allowing Guns On Campus

Feb 17, 2017
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Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation that began advancing Thursday in the Georgia House despite the Republican governor's forceful veto of a similar bill last year.

A subcommittee of the House Public Safety Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, sending it on to the full committee. Georgia is among 17 states that ban concealed weapons on campus.

What Do Students Think About 'Campus Carry' Now?

May 4, 2016
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Students have been speaking out for and against the bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses. The bill was vetoed by Governor Deal on Tuesday, but not everyone is finished talking about it.

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Tuesday was Governor Deal’s final day to act on legislation. The headline, of course, was his decision to veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. What factors led to his veto? What will pro-gun forces do next? How will the governor’s action affect his ability to work with legislators next session?

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Tuesday was the final day for Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign or veto legislation, and while his decision to veto the "campus carry" bill drew considerable attention, the governor also took action on a number of other pieces of legislation.

Governor Nathan Deal Vetoes 'Campus Carry' Bill

May 3, 2016
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Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed the so-called ‘"campus carry" bill that would have allowed concealed weapons on Georgia’s public college and university campuses.


In a statement, Deal said he couldn't find a compelling need for the legislation to become law.

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Governor Nathan Deal is poised to make a decision on "campus carry" legislation on Tuesday. At a state budget signing this morning, Governor Deal assured reporters that his decision on campus carry will come.

“I don’t walk away from bills, I either sign ‘em or veto ‘em," said Deal.

The Governor has yet to give any indication of his leanings, but has clearly indicated that he will announce whether or not to sign the legislation tomorrow. 

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Today the panel looks at a number of important state news stories.

Governor Deal has just three days left to announce whether he will sign or veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. The panel tries to read the tea leaves to determine what Deal is thinking as he approaches the deadline.

Recently, several high profile on-campus crimes in Georgia have created a stir amongst the state’s biggest schools. For example, Georgia State University students have endured a number of disturbing crimes over the past months, including two robberies at gunpoint inside the school’s library. With Governor Deal currently deciding whether to pass new campus-carry legislation, is crime on the rise for Georgia colleges?

Religious Leaders Urge Gov. Deal To Veto Campus Carry

Mar 21, 2016
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A coalition of religious leaders is protesting against campus carry legislation in Georgia. The anti-gun violence group Outcry held a rally on the steps of Atlanta’s Central Presbyterian Church on Monday.

'Campus Carry' Legislation Headed To Governor’s Desk

Mar 11, 2016
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The “Campus Carry” bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal. After heated debate, HB 859 passed in the state Senate Friday with a vote of 37-17.

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses. However, it would not allow the weapons in athletics facilities or student housing, which includes fraternity and sorority houses.