Editorial: Deal vetoes 'campus carry' bill

Editorial: Deal vetoes 'campus carry' bill

Following the correct decision to veto the so-called "religious liberty" bill, Governor Deal last week vetoed the so-called "campus carry" bill.

This comes as a relief to those who worry about the expanding list of places where gun owners can take concealed weapons.

The Governor asked for exceptions, keeping concealed guns out of especially sensitive places: disciplinary hearings, on-campus day care centers and administrative offices, but lawmakers of his own Republican Party said no.

Under the bill sent to Deal's desk, a student could have legally concealed a handgun in his own disciplinary hearing.

Also, consider the consequences of allowing hidden handguns into day care centers where parents take children to be safe, or into offices where staff decides who to admit into school and who to reject, who to hire for a job and who to fire.

Gun rights proponents said that current limits on taking guns to college violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Deal is not anti-guns. Just two years ago he approved a law allowing gun owners to take their weapons into bars, restaurants, some government buildings and up to a point in airports.

Worshippers can take their guns into churches, unless barred by the individual house of worship.

Deal's veto statement quotes the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who wrote the high court's 2010 decision declaring that the Second Amendment granted gun rights to individuals, not just to governments or militia.

Scalia said: "Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings".

Deal said: "Throughout American history, and throughout Georgia's own history, school campuses have been considered gun-free zones. They should remain so".

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