In one University, the “right to bear arms” must now be allowed.
It’s been one week since legislation allowing licensed students, faculty and others to carry concealed handguns on University System of Georgia property took effect at public colleges and universities across the state.
The so-called “campus carry” legislation was signed into Georgia law by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 4 and went into effect on July 1.
In a letter to the University System of Georgia community dated May 24, published for public view on the university system’s website, Chancellor Steve Wrigley asked for cooperation and patience as Georgia campuses prepare for the change.
“I respectfully ask everyone to exercise patience, understanding and respect as we implement it,” wrote Wrigley. “We all share the same goal of ensuring a safe campus environment. We should work together to implement the law as written and thoughtfully address any complications that may arise.”
Clayton State University has recently taken steps to prepare ahead of the 2018 academic year, holding a question and answer session last week, training public safety staff on enforcement of the law and providing information to students and staff.
Director of Public Safety Bobby Hamil said he doesn’t “anticipate any problems,” but he does recognize that some in the Clayton State community may be cautious of how the law will work in practice.
Under the law, concealed handguns will be permissible anywhere on Clayton State’s campus, including classrooms, except in certain areas that are specifically exempt. Those include property used for athletic events, like the Athletics Center, tennis courts and soccer fields; student housing at Laker Hall and non-publicly accessible areas in Laker Village; faculty and administrative offices; and classes with dual-enrolled high school students in the Move On When Ready program.
“It presents some challenges but we feel comfortable that we’re well-versed on the statute and just hope that the potential license holders are well-versed on the statute as well,” said Hamil, adding that the responsibility falls on the license holder to know where and when they can carry concealed weapons on campus.
It’s been one week since legislation allowing licensed students, faculty and others to carry concealed handguns on University System of Georgia property took effect at public colleges and…