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USG responds to Deal’s veto of campus carry bill

The following statement was issued by the University System of Georgia

Atlanta — We sincerely appreciate Governor Deal’s veto of House Bill 859. We recognize this was not an easy decision for the Governor to make.

The vast majority of our faculty, staff, parents and students are concerned about firearms on campus. As leaders of the University System of Georgia, we must provide the highest levels of safety and security to the 318,000 students we serve.

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.

We look forward to presenting our campus safety report to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House by August 1, 2016.

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