Campus News

Governor vetoes ‘campus carry’ bill

On May 3, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 859, the “campus carry” bill that would have allowed firearms to be carried at Georgia’s public universities.

The governor issued an executive order directing the USG chancellor to submit a report about security measures at each public institution of higher education and for local law enforcement agencies “to review and improve, if necessary, their security measures in areas surrounding these ­colleges.”

Chancellor Hank Huckaby pledged a commitment to campus safety.

“The board of regents, our 29 presidents and campus police chiefs are fully committed to enhancing all aspects of our campus safety efforts across the university system,” Huckaby said. “We look forward to presenting our campus safety report to the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House by Aug. 1, 2016.”