Georgia Gov. Sides with Everytown: Vetoes Campus Carry

George Mason college student carries a gun on campus
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On May 3 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) took the action Everytown for Gun Safety had urged by vetoing campus carry legislation that had been on his desk for over a month.

The legislation–HB 859–was passed by the Georgia House on February 22. On February 26, Deal took front and center in defending the bill, even suggesting that those who opposed it were using old arguments that had proven vacuous after other concealed carry expansions.

On March 11 the Senate concurred with Deal and passed the bill. But once it reached Deal’s desk he grew quiet.

Yet the anti-gun crowd was not quiet. Breitbart News reported that Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety launched an ad campaign against campus carry on March 7 and on April 25 REM frontman Michael Stipe begged Deal to keep law-abiding students disarmed.

In the end, Deal sided with Everytown and Stipe. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Deal vetoed HB 859 on Tuesday.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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