Georgia Governor signs guns on campus legislation

GEORGIA (WDEF) – School officials across the state of Georgia are working on policy changes. Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal put his signature on House Bill 280.

The legislation allows weapons carry license holders to bring concealed weapons on certain areas of college campuses.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Dr. Steve Wrigley is telling the schools he overseas, that the system office will be issuing implementation guidance to all institutions.

In a statement he says: “We recognize that many have strong feelings about this new law. It is important that we all work together across our campuses to implement the new law appropriately, and continue to provide a top-quality education to our students.”

The bill does not allow weapons to be carried by anyone on specific parts of campus. That includes, athletic sporting event facilities, student housing, preschool or childcare space, certain school classrooms, offices and other rooms.

Alison Tyrer, Senior Executive Director of Communications for the Technical College System of Georgia, says they’re also working with their schools and police chiefs to ensure they’ll be fully compliant when the new law takes effect.

House Bill 280 takes effect July first.

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