UGA faculty fears campus carry bill will lead to shootings over controversial lessons
Governor Deal will soon decide whether or not he will sign 2017's version of the "Campus Carry" bill, and at least one group of university faculty is making their opposition known. The reason? They're concerned that campus carry will put classrooms in danger if controversial material is presented.
The Franklin College Faculty Senate, a prominent University of Georgia faculty group, unanimously approved a statement on Tuesday opposing the campus carry bill.
“If this legislation is enacted, and students and faculty are hesitant to discuss sensitive or controversial topics because of the presence of guns on campus and in our classrooms, the academic integrity of UGA will be greatly compromised,” the statement says.
Georgia is currently one of 17 states that bans carrying a concealed weapon on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Last year, Governor Nathan Deal vetoed campus carry legislation out of concern that childcare facilities were not exempt from the proposed law.
If signed, this year's campus carry bill would allow permitted individuals over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in most areas of a college campus. Exceptions to the bill include student housing (including fraternity and sorority houses) and athletic facilities. It also features a provision that would forbid guns in daycare centers and areas common to high school students.