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Debate over cost of campus concealed carry persists

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ATLANTAGeorgia college students may soon be able to carry concealed firearms on campus, and some detractors are focusing on the financial impact along with safety concerns.

The bill sent Friday to Gov. Nathan Deal would allow anyone age 21 and over to carry a concealed firearm on a college or university campus with the proper permit.

Those opposed to the bill say allowing concealed carry on campus would give the schools no choice but to expand security personnel, which could cost millions in taxpayer dollars.

Supporters say allowing permit-holders to carry will improve security not threaten it. Both the National Rifle Association and Georgia Carry, a pro-gun advocacy group, have backed the bill.

Other states, including Texas, have seen backlash from students and faculty over similar legislation.