Politics behind gun legislation

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.

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