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Georgia Students Respond To New 'Campus Carry' Law

May 8, 2017
Governor Nathan Deal signed the campus carry bill into law last Thursday.
Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Starting in July, licensed gun owners, age 21 and older, will be able to carry concealed weapons on Georgia's public college campuses.

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University of Georgia freshman Parrish McWhorter, who is a double major in women’s studies and printmaking, said she’s been involved in protests against "campus carry" and had called Gov. Nathan Deal’s office every day in protest.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Georgia's university system has less than two months to implement a law that will allowing concealed guns on college campuses after Gov. Nathan Deal signed the measure Thursday.

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The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus, except for some areas, including student housing facilities, faculty offices and athletic venues.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal has approved the "campus carry" bill which would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.

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On Monday, Deal had said he wasn't "satisfied" with local law enforcement efforts to protect students around college campuses. In his statement after signing the bill, the governor echoed these remarks.

Alison Guillory / WABE

Police departments near Georgia’s biggest universities said they don’t have immediate plans to increase security around campus boundaries after Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday he wasn’t “satisfied” with what local law enforcement have done to protect students.

Interfaith Group Opposes 'Campus Carry' Bill

Apr 20, 2017
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WABE

Outcry, an interfaith anti-violence group is asking Gov. Nathan Deal to veto House Bill 280, commonly known as the "campus carry" bill.

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"I, myself, am a supporter of the Second Amendment. My father and my grandfather spent some of their careers in law enforcement. However, campuses don't need more guns," said James Lamkin, pastor of Atlanta's Northside Drive Baptist Church.