July 1st marks the beginning of Georgia’s campus carry law going into effect.
The highly controversial bill was signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, legalizing the concealed carry of firearms on public college and university campuses.
This same bill failed to get past Governor Deal after he vetoed similar legislation last year amid an uproar from gun control advocates.
Deal explained, “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.”
This year, Deal found substantial justification to write the bill into law, despite the same amount of push-back from parents, students, and professors.
Georgia is the second state to pass the campus carry bill in 2017. Earlier this year, Arkansas passed a very similar bill, with Utah setting the precedent for such law in 2007. Today, 10 states comply with the campus carry law and more bills similar in language have been introduced across the country by state lawmakers.
Carrying arms on campuses may become an ordinary practice in the United States.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer for CBS Radio