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The statement below is from GSW Interim President Charles Patterson regarding the recent passage of HB 859, otherwise known as "Campus Carry"

Dear GSW Community:

Today the Georgia Senate voted to pass House Bill 859, also known as "Campus Carry" legislation.  If signed by Governor Deal, the bill would allow anyone 21 or older with a concealed weapons permit to carry a gun (concealed) anywhere on a public college or university campus, with the exception of inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, and at athletic events.  This and other legislation would not become active until July 1, 2016.

The Chancellor of the University System of Georgia and all 29 Presidents have come out in opposition of the legislation, with the Chancellor recently providing testimony to its opposition during a Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. 

Following the Senate’s vote, the University System issued a brief statement on behalf of Georgia’s public colleges and universities:

"We appreciate the opportunity to have been heard. We expressed our opposition on behalf of our Board, 29 presidents, campus police chiefs, faculty and many students and their parents. We are disappointed because we feel current law strikes the right balance between creating a safe environment on our campuses while affording those individuals who are carry users a safeguard location.  We are committed to providing our students, faculty and staff a safe environment, which is a responsibility that the University System takes very seriously."

The safety of our Georgia Southwestern State University campus remains our top priority.  We will continue to keep the campus community updated as this legislation enters the final stages of approval and more information will be forthcoming in the weeks that follow.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Patterson, Ph.D.
Interim President

 

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