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As of Saturday, July 1, students with a proper license can carry a concealed gun on any public college or university in the state of Georgia.

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Earl Kang, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, says he's not too worried about the new "campus carry" bill. 

"Even without these rules, there's always going to be people who, if provoked enough, they will bring a gun or cause havoc. But campus carry will give us an opportunity to defend ourselves if necessary," Kang says. 

Georgia Students Respond To New 'Campus Carry' Law

May 8, 2017
Governor Nathan Deal signed the campus carry bill into law last Thursday.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Georgia House committee approved a bill Monday that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses.

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"This is changing the dynamic, and it's allowing people and affording the opportunity to defend themselves," said Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, sponsor of the bill. 

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With one week left for Gov. Nathan Deal to veto or sign a bill the “campus carry” bill, some faculty members have ramped up their efforts against the measure.

Ivan Ingermann, associate professor at the University of Georgia’s film and theater department, said he and many of his colleagues don’t want guns in their classrooms.

“We're saying it, we're just not being heard, and that's the frustrating part,” he said.

He said if the bill becomes law, he would seriously consider leaving the university if he gets another offer.

Lockdown Of West Atlanta High School Lifted After Handgun Recovered

Aug 13, 2014
The scene at Frederick Douglass High School at around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Jonathan Shapiro/WABE

Update 4:45 p.m.

Atlanta school officials earlier today locked down Frederick Douglas High School in west Atlanta after receiving a tip there was a handgun on campus. The lockdown was lifted after the gun was recovered. All students are safe. Two students suspected to be connected to the handgun are being detained. No arrests have been made yet.

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The so-called “Guns Everywhere” bill went into effect this week.

It allows Georgians with a concealed carry permit to bring firearms into churches, libraries, restaurants and government buildings.

Early on, the law is already proving to be an added expense for Atlanta taxpayers.

City of Atlanta spokesman Carlos Campos confirms Mayor Kasim Reed is spending taxpayer money for private security at 24 city recreation centers.

A Georgia gun rights group says those with conceal carry permits can soon legally take their weapons into school safety zones as a result of a bill recently signed by Governor Nathan Deal. But last week, Attorney General Sam Olens and Governor Deal said another gun bill overrides provisions in that law that would allow for campus carry.

Ga. House Tries To Force Vote On Gun Bill

Mar 11, 2014

The state House is trying to force the hand of their Senate colleagues on sweeping gun legislation.

In a surprise move Tuesday, the House removed a provision that would have reduced the penalty for gun permit holders if caught carrying on a college campus. Then, it attached that bill to a separate piece of legislation and sent it to the Senate for an immediate floor vote.


On Thursday, January 16, 2014, InsiderAdvantage released a new poll, indicating a majority of Georgia's registered voters favor the legalization of medical marijuana for limited uses, and also oppose legislation that would allow gun owners to carry their weapons on college campuses, if they have permits.  WABE's Denis O'Hayer got some details and analysis of the poll's results from InsiderAdvantage president and CEO Matt Towery.

Local NAACP Hosts Gun Buyback

Jan 16, 2014
An officer in the Fulton County Sheriff's Department zip-ties an old rifle Thursday at a gun buyback, which was organized by the Atlanta branch of the NAACP.
Michell Eloy

  The Atlanta branch of the NAACP held its first-ever gun buyback Thursday, calling it a nonviolent event in leading up to Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

On a frigid morning, people lined up in their cars along Central Avenue just west of Turner Field to surrender their firearms to law enforcement officials. One of them, Tommy, who declined to give his last name, handed over his .22 caliber antique rifle.

Gun buyback programs have been used by cities all over the country, such as this gun buyback program in Oakland, California, in 2012.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and faith leaders are joining the NAACP in a gun buyback initiative.

“We decided to take action. More than just pray for it and go to sleep," said Rev. R.L. White, Jr., president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. 

At a Monday press conference at Atlanta City Hall, Brown condemned what he called America’s culture of violence and called for fewer guns on the streets.

“When we first initiated this buyback effort, it was out of necessity, not politics,” said Brown.

Moms Demand Action

  Saturday marks one year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The incident claimed 28 lives, including the shooter.

One day after the shootings, Shannon Watts founded the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

It started out as a Facebook page, now the grass roots campaign has 125,000 members in all 50 states.