Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Wednesday that out of the several gun control related proposals filed in the state General Assembly since the beginning of the 2013 session, the one allowing school administrators to carry guns has the best chances of becoming law.
“That one does have some merit,” said Deal, in what is as close as he ever gets to endorsing anyone else’s proposals. “If someone is going to be in an environment around children, they certainly need to be trained. I think it’s one that may receive favorable consideration by the General Assembly.”
The legislation the Governor is referring to is H.B. 35 introduced last week by Rep. Paul Battles (R-Cartersville).
H.B. 35 would allow school administrators to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds, at school-sponsored events and on school buses.
The schools would have an option to arm their staff but they would not be required to do so. All administrators carrying guns would have to undergo training each year specific to the firearm they choose to carry.
The Legislature will also consider bills introduced by Rep. Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw). Gregory’s proposals all deal with relaxing gun-control laws in the state and would allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon in churches and on college campuses.
Just last week, Governor Deal said he’s not interested in gun debates at this time.
”It is a time that is fraught with emotions on both sides of the issue. I’ve heard of proposed legislation, but none of that is part of my agenda,” he told Channel 2 Action News’ Lori Geary last Wednesday.