FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Croton Falls, NY) – Gun lobby-backed legislators in the state houses of Alabama and Georgia have introduced legislation that will force the state’s public colleges and universities to allow concealed carry of firearms by license holders on many parts of campus.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued the following statement in response to the introduction of campus carry bills this week in Alabama and Georgia:
Georgia HB 859, sponsored by the Rep. Rick Jasperse and Rep. Mandi Ballinger, would allow concealed weapons license holders to carry a concealed gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, including classrooms, libraries, research facilities, student health centers and gyms. Dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and athletic events are exempt.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus views campus carry legislation as a deliberate act to remove local control from higher education officials who we believe are in the best position to determine what appropriate measures must be taken to preserve the safety, security, and academic environment of their schools. In addition, we firmly believe that the presence of concealed firearms will only increase the public safety risk to campus communities and are inappropriate in an educational setting. We will vigorously oppose efforts by gun lobby-backed lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia (and other states) to force concealed weapons on college and university campuses.
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The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus was founded in 2008 to urge colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push loaded, concealed guns onto college campuses. To date, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and more than 420 colleges and universities in 42 states have joined the Campaign. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.