Posted: 7:21 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
Gov. Nathan Deal said he was opposed to a late charge in the House that would legalize the carrying of guns on college campuses in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session.
Deal said in an interview he had “indicated all along that I prefer that campus carry not be in any legislation.” His staff has been quietly hashing out a compromise between dueling House and Senate bills that would loosen gun restrictions.
The latest House push would allow permit holders to carry guns onto college campuses, but not into dorms or athletic events. The bill would also allow churches to decide whether to allow weapons inside, likely a nod to the Senate.
“I don’t know what the final legislation will look like. I think there was a fairly general consensus that (campus carry) wouldn’t be in any piece of legislation this year.”
About the Author
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. Bluestein has traveled to Haiti with President Jimmy Carter, journeyed to Panama with Gov. Nathan Deal and tracked down a suspected Ponzi schemer in suburban Kansas. He spent weeks in Louisiana covering the Gulf Oil Spill, became an unwitting expert on capital punishment after witnessing almost a dozen executions in Georgia's death chamber and was part of award-winning teams that descended upon the biggest breaking news events in the Southeast. Bluestein has covered a range of beats, including environment, legal affairs and economic development. He's now the AJC's political writer, charged with covering the intricacies of Georgia's lively government on the newspaper's front pages and in the Political Insider blog. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.