FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2017
Governor Deal received 145 calls, emails, and letters in support of the campus carry bill he recently signed. He received nearly 15,000 in opposition.
Washington, DC (May 17, 2017) — A new open records request reveals that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal received nearly 15,000 phone calls, emails, and letters opposing HB 280, a bill that will require Georgia’s public colleges and universities to allow firearms on campus; Deal received only 145 calls, emails, and letters in support of the bill.
Despite this enormous discrepancy, Deal defied the wishes of his constituents and signed campus carry into law on May 4 – a stunning flip-flop given his principled veto of a similar campus carry bill just one year earlier.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement:
“This revelation is shocking and shameful. Governor Deal clearly betrayed the overwhelming majority of his very vocal constituents by signing HB 280. He blatantly disregarded the nearly 15,000 calls, emails, and letters he received in opposition to campus carry and instead chose to side with the 145 callers and writers who supported the law – and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Our elected officials are supposed to listen to the wishes of the people, not the gun lobby. Governor Deal willfully ignored the pleas of thousands of Georgians. Now he owes them an explanation.”