ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal never spoke ill of legislation that would have allowed students to carry firearms onto Georgia's public colleges and universities.
However, documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Republican governor distributed research from university officials who opposed it. Deal staffers made clear it was not part of the governor's political agenda.
Deal's office had to juggle practical politics. A longtime Congressman viewed as friendly to gun rights, Deal was endorsed in 2010 by the National Rifle Association and GeorgiaCarry.Org. He also supported changes thought likely to keep guns away from people deemed seriously mentally ill.
At times during the debate, Deal's office received hundreds of phone calls from people opposed to the legislation, particularly proposed changes to mental health rules.