Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement concerning the Governor’s veto of HB 859, the Campus Safety Act:
“I am deeply disappointed by Governor Deal’s decision to veto House Bill 859 – the Campus Safety Act. While I respect the Governor and his right to act as he has, I believe this measure is sound and reasonable. This bill was thoroughly debated. At no time before final passage by the Senate were any concerns raised that were not addressed.
“At a time when our Second Amendment rights are under attack, I believed and still believe that it is very important that we do all that is necessary and proper to strengthen our constitutional protections. Georgians should not be required to give up their constitutional rights when they set foot on a college campus.
“This is not the end of this discussion. I will continue to defend and protect the rights of law-abiding Georgians under our Second Amendment.
“I want to again thank Rep. Rick Jasperse, Rep. Mandi Ballinger, Rep. John Meadows and Rep. Alan Powell for their leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of this bill.”
–Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)