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Campus Carry (House Bill 280) - Columbus State University

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Campus Carry (House Bill 280)

The University System of Georgia has issued guidance on how to implement House Bill 280, which is more commonly known as the "campus carry" legislation. This new law, signed by the Governor, took effect July 1, 2017.

It is the responsibility of the licensees to know the law and how to abide by it.

For more information about the guidelines developed by the Office of Legal Affairs for the implementation of House Bill 280 that must be followed on all University System campuses, please see the University System of Georgia website about House Bill 280.

CSU-Specific Q&A

The Lumpkin Center; all residence halls; all faculty and staff offices; rooms where discipline hearings are held; classrooms where a high school student is in the class

On any property owned or leased by Columbus State University unless subject to a specific exception under the law, as explained in the guidelines found at

Yes - the new law will apply to any property owned or leased by CSU.

No. This is state law. Failure to follow state law could result in disciplinary procedures.

If you see a gun and feel threatened in any way, you should call University Police at 706-507-8911

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they are not breaking the law. You should call the University Registrar to check if your class contains any high school students. You can also check this by clicking on your schedule in MyCSU.

No, the new law does not provide an exception for spaces merely because children are present. Handguns are not permitted in a preschool and daycare, which are not available at CSU.

Then, during the time of that class, in the room where that class is held, a concealed weapon is prohibited.

No. "Open carry" is still illegal on a college campus. This law applies to handguns that are not prominently, openly, and intentionally displayed.

No. It is the responsibility of license-holders to seek out this information.

No. Federal privacy laws prevent disclosing that kind of information. The Provost's office is, however, working on language that can be included course syllabi, and we are also looking for ways to make it more obvious on class rolls so faculty can easily access that information.

The new law went into effect July 1, 2017 and applies to those with legal concealed carry permits. Georgia law requires anyone seeking a state permit to carry a concealed gun to be at least 21 years old. Applicants also must be fingerprinted and pass a background check.

No. Complying with the new law is the responsibility of license-holders.

No. The new law explicitly excludes faculty, staff and administrative offices from places where handguns can be carried.

For more information, see the University System of Georgia website about House Bill 280.

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