Deadline arrives for Georgia governor on campus guns bill

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor must make a decision about legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state.

Tuesday marks the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign or veto the measure. He told reporters Monday that he won’t simply allow it to become effective without his signature, which is permitted under Georgia law.

Deal, a Republican in his final term, wanted lawmakers to pass follow-up legislation limiting access to on-campus day care centers and other spaces. But the GOP-controlled legislature didn’t respond, saying the original bill was carefully considered.

Both supporters and opponents of the so-called “campus carry” bill have aggressively lobbied Deal.

He also is expected to act on other closely watched bills Tuesday, including a state Supreme Court expansion and standardized testing limits.