In Georgia, You Can Now Carry Guns on College Campuses

by Lauren C. Williams –

Dozens of new gun laws take effect July 1.

Georgia officially ended a gun ban for college campuses Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

Georgia joins nine other states with legislation that permits concealed gun carriage on college campuses, including Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kansas’ law, which allows concealed carry on-campus without a permit or training, also went into effect July 1.

Georgia’s law requires gun permit applicants to be at least 21 years old, or 18 if you have proof of basic weapons or military training. They are also subject to fingerprinting, a criminal records check, and a federal background check.

Georgia campuses, however, are not required to have new signage or provide storage facilities for concealed weapons, according to the Charlotte Observer. The University System of Georgia will hold information sessions for faculty and students to explain the changes.

Concealed weapons aren’t allowed on Georgia’s campuses preschools, dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, faculty or administrative offices, athletic facilities, classrooms used by high school students, and during disciplinary hearings.

News of Georgia and Kansas’ campus conceal carry laws follows several recent shootings. The gunman in the Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting on Friday in New York, which killed one and wounded six, was armed with an AR-15 rifle that officials believe he sneaked in under his lab coat. The investigation on the Little Rock, Arkansas shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge on Saturday, which wounded 25, is ongoing and there are multiple shooting suspects.

Several Republican congress members were also shot during a congressional baseball game in Arlington, Virginia in early June. The shooting critically injured GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and reinvigorated a national debate on gun regulations. The gunman in that shooting was killed in a shootout with police and expressed anti-Donald Trump sentiments on social media.


Reprinted with permission from Think Progress