There was probably never any hope that the 2016 Legislature would listen to reason – or students and faculty – and repeal the bill that will force state universities to allow concealed carry of guns as of July 2017. Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, even tried to move up the mandate by a year. So it was interesting to read what Georgia’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal, said when he vetoed a similar bill Tuesday: “If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result. From the early days of our nation and state, colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed. To depart from such time-honored protections should require overwhelming justification. I do not find that such justification exists.” – Rhonda Holman
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