Governor Deal’s reasons for veto of Campus Carry bill

Governor Deal vetoed the Campus Carry bill yesterday to the relief of universities, students, parents and professors across the state.  He has given his reasoning for the veto, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

First he dismissed the Second Amendment as a concern, saying that “certain restrictions” upon the right to bear arms are indeed constitutional. Even the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was famous for his staunchly conservative originalist interpretation of the Constitution, agreed with this position.

“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” -Justice Antonin Scalia

Deal continued by bringing to mind the “founding fathers” Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and their role in the prohibition of guns from the campus of the University of Virginia in 1824.

Deal also questioned the safety benefits of allowing students to have guns, and called for tightened security on our campuses in lieu of allowing guns.  He closed with the following statement: “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. Therefore, I VETO HB 859.”

Read the entire AJC article here.

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