Speaker Ralston: No Changes To “Campus Carry” Bill

Speaker Ralston said in an interview with WABE the House will not make any changes to the “Campus Carry” bill passed out of the General Assembly on March 11th. Governor Deal issued a statement soon after the bill’s passage signaling he wants lawmakers to exempt on-campus child care centers and to address his concerns about high school students enrolled in college courses on campuses that permit firearms.

Whispers of potential action by the General Assembly have swirled around since Governor Deal’s statement. Speaker Ralston said in the interview:

If you start trying to pick at the threads of some of these things, sometimes you can end up gutting the entire intent of the law, and I’m not going to ask this House of Representatives to do that

Despite the Speaker’s unwillingness to tweak the bill, Governor Deal has not indicated whether or not he will veto the legislation.

Note: You can hear the interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer tomorrow morning on WABE.

Note: We originally reported that Johnny Kauffman did the interview with the Speaker. We regret the error and blame others.

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elfiii
elfiii

Nor should there be any changes. The closer we get to “Constitutional Carry” the better off we are.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Can you carry in the Capitol?

elfiii
elfiii

No, but you should be able to.

blakeage80
blakeage80

I’m still a little miffed about the change to churches having to opt to allow carry as opposed to it being OK by default. I’m sure he’ll sign it though. Above all the noise, he knows the right thing to do. That whole campus daycare thing is a flimsy excuse.

gcp
gcp

I guess the two shooters on the Ga. State Campus last night were unaware that campus carry is still illegal but of course, criminals don’t adhere to the law.

bethebalance
bethebalance

i think urban campuses like State and Tech have a different set of circumstances, too, because so much of their campuses are public streets.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Also, it was a drug deal involving at least one Georgia State student. Both buyer and seller were armed.

elfiii
elfiii

@Andrew C. Pope – “It’s a little disingenuous to say that the BoR is “doing absolutely nothing.” After all, universities have police departments that are armed and capable of enforcing the weapons ban.”

There has never been a police department in the history of our country that ever had a chance at being effective at enforcing a weapons ban for the simple reason criminals just don’ care.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

My statement was intended to undercut the assertion that the weapons ban at the Capitol is justified because the building and grounds are patrolled by armed police officers. Since those officers are, by your reasoning, equally incapable of enforcing a ban on weapons, perhaps we should allow individuals to carry weapons in the Capitol. The same logic should apply to the TSA, the US Capitol Police, the Supreme Court Police, the US Secret Service.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

I feel like there is this general feeling w/ the “carry lobby” that if everyone is carrying then everyone will be safe. Am I wrong to think that’s the desired outcome? I’m guessing the money behind the lobby would be on board with that notion.

But by that same regard, should we be assisting every other nation in building nuclear weapons? I mean, if we all have them, then we aren’t likely to use them right?

gcp
gcp

No, it’s not “everyone” because in order to obtain a carry license in Ga., you undergo a background check. In regards to other countries and nuclear weapons, many of those countries would not pass a “background check.”

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

So if you don’t pass a background check, you can’t get a carry license. But you said a few comments ago that the criminals with weapons on GSU campus probably wouldn’t have passed the background check, and yet, they still had guns. My assertion is that if the criminals have guns, then the lobby would want all “non-criminals” to have guns, a carry license, and free reign to go anywhere. So using binary logic, “everyone” would have guns. Sure N Korea shouldn’t have nukes, but they probably will anyways. Should we encourage S Korea to nuke up too? Would the… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Those GSU shooters violated the law by possessing guns on-campus, doing a drug dealer and then shooting each other so obviously did not care about the law to begin with.

I am not part of the ” lobby” and I do agree with most current restrictions on possession and carry.

As for S. Korea, I don’t know that tactical nukes are not in S. Korea. Either way, nukes can be delivered anywhere these days with or w/o basing them in a particular country so that question is mostly moot.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

The students were also under 21, thus wouldn’t have been eligible for a carry license and were carrying in violation of many state and federal gun control laws. Did Gun Control work? Isn’t this proof that the Chancellor Huckaby and the University System are lying when they say our campuses are free of crime and students should be stripped of their ability to defend themselves? Gun Control will never work because it only regulates the people who follow the law. We should stop criminalizing the law abiding, which is what gun control does and what gun-banners want. Not everyone will… Read more »

elfiii
elfiii

@Jack Fitz I feel like there is this general feeling w/ the “carry lobby” that if everyone is carrying then everyone will be safe.

No, that isn’t the sentiment. The goal for the “carry lobby” is “Constitutional Carry”, just like that liberal hellhole Vermont has – open or concealed carry, 24/7/365, no permit required.