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Greg Bluestein

Nathan Deal will decide fate of Georgia’s ‘campus carry’ bill on Tuesday

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January 21, 2016 Atlanta - Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference to announce an expansion plan of Kaiser Permanente at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday announced that Kaiser Permanente, an integrated provider of health care and coverage, will create 800 jobs in metro Atlanta. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Gov. Nathan Deal. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Weeks after enraging religious conservatives with his veto of the “religious liberty” bill, Gov. Nathan Deal faces another politically risky decision on whether to legalize firearms at public colleges in Georgia.

His office has fielded hundreds of emails and calls from all sides of the debate over “campus carry” legislation, which would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a concealed gun most places on public college campuses, as a deadline fast approaches for him to make up his mind.

And for Deal, who has repeatedly aired concerns about the legislation, there are no simple answers. He said he will make public his decision on Tuesday, the last day of the 40-day bill-signing period.

“This has not been an easy year to be governor of this state,” he said Monday, alluding to his upcoming decision.

More: Why Gov. Deal says there are ‘no easy options’ with the campus carry debate