- House Bill 280, commonly referred to as “campus carry” legislation was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 4, 2017.
- Legislation changes OCGA 16-11-127.1 and it goes into effect on July 1, 2017
- Changes only apply to:
- Weapons carry license-holders;
- And carrying of handguns – changes do not apply to long guns (shotguns and rifles).
- And carrying in a “concealed” manner – defined as;
“Carried in such a fashion that does not actively solicit the attention of others, and is not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed except for purposes of defense of self or others.”
- Includes license holders from other states that have a reciprocity agreement with (which includes Florida and Alabama).
- Weapons carry license-holders are allowed to carry concealed handguns in any building or on real property owned by or leased to institutions of the University System of Georgia (with some exceptions).
- EXCEPTIONS: There are locations on campus where weapons license-holders are NOT allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus property owned or leased by the institution.
- Buildings or property used for athletic sporting events. This applies to specifically to stadiums, gymnasiums, and similar facilities in which intercollegiate games are conducted. (This exception does not apply to student recreation areas that are not used for intercollegiate games, such as the Student Wellness Center at ABAC at Bainbridge.)
- Student housing facilities, including residence halls or fraternity and sorority houses, on property owned or leased by the institution.
- Preschool or childcare spaces, including any enclosed outdoor facilities which are separated by an electronic mechanism such as card access or human-staffed point of controlled access.
It does not include: Hallways, common lobby areas, or spaces adjacent to preschool or childcare spaces that are outside of the controlled access point or outside spaces that are NOT enclosed.
- Classes where high school students are enrolled in dual enrollment programs, including but not limited to “Move on When Ready” students. (Note: In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, approximately 35% to 41% of ABAC at Bainbridge classes at the Main Campus and the Early County site had “Move on When” Ready students.
Weapons license holders will need to visit the Registrar’s office in the Student Services building to determine if there are high school students enrolled in any class they are taking. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the license-holder to determine if they are legally able to carry to class.
- Offices for faculty, staff, or administrative offices, to include office suites. It does not include hallways, or common areas adjacent to an office that are not part of the office or suite.
- Offices or rooms where disciplinary proceedings are being conducted WHEN they are being conducted.
ABAC- Bainbridge (or any other institution of the University System of Georgia) will NOT provide storage lockers for handguns for a license-holder to go into places where handguns are prohibited.
These exceptions do not apply to college-sponsored events or excursions away from the campus on property not owned or leased by the University System of Georgia.
SPECIAL NOTE: Changes to OCGA 16-11-127.1 do not change the exemption status for individuals authorized under OCGA 16-11-130. This includes, but is not limited to, law enforcement officers (on or off duty), active duty military, judges, etc.
The University System of Georgia’s HB280 information page may be visited at: http://www.usg.edu/hb280
Click here for USG’s Campus Carry Information Video.