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The death knell for campus carry this year?

Gov. Nathan Deal said he was opposed to a late charge in the House that would legalize the carrying of guns on college campuses in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session.

Deal said in an interview he had "indicated all along that I prefer that campus carry not be in any legislation." His staff has been quietly hashing out a compromise between dueling House and Senate bills that would loosen gun restrictions.

The latest House push would allow permit holders to carry guns onto college campuses, but not into dorms or athletic events. The bill would also allow churches to decide whether to allow weapons inside, likely a nod to the Senate.

Said Deal:

"I don't know what the final legislation will look like. I think there was a fairly general consensus that (campus carry) wouldn't be in any piece of legislation this year."

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.