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Even in a world that is now accustomed to big surprises, it was a dizzying week in politics.

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President Donald Trump, who had just visited the Atlanta area to support Karen Handel's 6th Congressional District campaign, abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey. 

That event, in turn, could affect the close battle for the seat left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price -- at least according to political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.

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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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The Georgia House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would allow people with weapons licenses to carry concealed guns on public college campuses.

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The measure passed 108-63 after more than an hour of debate on the day of a key deadline, called Crossover Day. The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Gov. Nathan Deal Monday countered critics of his veto of the controversial bill that would have allowed guns on college campuses with the exceptions of dorms, fraternities and sororities, and sporting events.

After state lawmakers passed the "campus carry" bill earlier this year, Deal asked them to amend it to address his concerns about weapons in campus day cares, administrative buildings and into disciplinary hearings.

They declined.

Monday, the governor indicated he is opposed to students taking guns on campus.

Roger Dupuy, graduating senior from Kennesaw State University, talks about earning his college degree at the age of 74.
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Tuesday is the last day for Gov. Nathan Deal to act on legislation, and several bills still await action from him, including "campus carry" and measures that would mean big changes to the state's court system.

Deal has sent signals to Republican legislators he'll veto the campus carry bill they passed, said Brian Robinson, Deal's former deputy chief of staff. Right now, the bill would allow licensed gun holders to take guns on college campuses, except in student housing or at athletic events.

UGA Community Members Rally Against 'Campus Carry'

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More than 60 professors, students, staff and community member gathered at the University of Georgia Wednesday evening in protest of a bill that would allow concealed guns on their campus and public college campuses around the state.

Passing cars honked support as protesters held signs around UGA’s Arch reading “Dawgs Against Campus Carry” and “Books Not Bullets.” Representatives from national and local organizations that oppose gun violence and guns on campuses spoke out against the bill while UGA staff and students chanted.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Gov. Nathan Deal is remaining quiet about whether he'll sign a controversial "campus carry" bill and other legislation still sitting on his desk.

Speaking at an unrelated bill signing on Tuesday, Deal said he won't comment on "campus carry" or any other bill still awaiting his signature until he makes his decision public.

“You’ll find out soon enough,” Deal told reporters. “I'm not going to talk about any of those [bills]. They've already been put into the format the General Assembly thought was appropriate, and I'm reviewing that now.”

State Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, speaks on a bill he plans to introduce that provides religious exemptions in the wake of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Atlanta.
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The 2015-16 Georgia Legislature adjourned the week before, but the state Capitol was anything but quiet during the last week of March.  

For years, Ga. House Speaker David Ralston has led a push in the Georgia Legislature to expand where licensed gun owners can legally carry their weapons.
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Republican House Speaker David Ralston, in an interview with WABE Monday, said the chamber would not pass new measures in the final days of the legislative session to address concerns from Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, and other critics, over a “campus carry” bill passed by the General Assembly.  

“If you start trying to pick at the threads of some of these things, sometimes you can end up gutting the entire intent of the law, and I’m not going to ask this House of Representatives to do that,” Ralston said.  

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal detailed his concerns Tuesday with “campus carry” legislation passed by the legislature last week, including the possibility guns would be brought into daycares, disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices.

Some of those issues “may be more appropriately left to institutions,” Deal said, “rather than put it in a statute that is not flexible at all.”  

The Georgia University System Board of Regents has said they’re opposed to changing current law regarding weapons on campus.  

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School presidents from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University are speaking publicly against a bill in the state Senate that would allow students over 21 to carry weapons on campus at public institutions here.

“I am deeply concerned that if this bill becomes law our campus will become less safe, not more safe as intended by the authors of the bill,” said GSU President Mark Becker in a letter to faculty and staff.