New stun gun law electrifies concealed-carry debate

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When Georgia college students go back to school this fall, they will be allowed to carry guns on campus - stun guns, that is.

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed a bill that will allow anyone over 18 to carry stun guns on campus for self-defense. The law was seen as a compromise between Second Amendment advocates who sought the right to carry guns on campus and those opposed, including Deal.

Students and employees at all of Georgia’s public colleges and universities will be allowed to carry the weapons at the 29 institutions associated with the University System of Georgia and another 22 associated with the Technical College System of Georgia.

"From the early days of our nation and state, colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed," Deal said in a statement when he struck down the campus carry bill and approved the stun gun bill. "To depart from such time-honored protections should require overwhelming justification. I do not find that such justification exists."

The veto of a bill allowing firearms on campus ignited a contentious debate in the statehouse with opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. Many critics of the bill argued that no training is required to receive a license.