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Everytown, Georgia Moms Disappointed in Senate Passage of Guns on Campus Bill, Urge Governor Deal to Veto

Last Week Everytown and the Georgia Chapter of Moms Demand Action Launched TV Ad Opposing Dangerous Bill That Forces Colleges to Allow Guns on Campus

HB 859 Ignores 78 Percent of Georgians Who Oppose Allowing Guns on Campus

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to the Senate passing HB 859. The bill would force Georgia’s public colleges and universities to allow guns on campus, including in classrooms, libraries, and at most campus events, even at tailgates, ignoring the opposition of 78 percent of Georgians.

“Once again we’re disappointed that our lawmakers have ignored 78 percent of Georgians in passing dangerous legislation to force colleges to allow guns on campuses,” said Lindsey Donovan, volunteer Chapter Leader of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Governor Deal should veto this legislation because it’s basic common sense that guns have no place on our campuses, where alcohol, drugs, and academic anxieties already pose serious risks to students. Adding guns to the mix is simply the wrong move for Georgia.”

Last week, Everytown and the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action launched a television ad calling on legislators to reject the bill. And earlier this month, members of the Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action dropped off nearly 2,000 petition signatures to lawmakers at the Capitol with the same message. The Moms Demand Action volunteers—just a few of the more than 120,000 Everytown supporters in the state—delivered the simple message that the safety of students should come before the interests of the gun lobby.