Two things to know about Georgia’s "campus carry" bill

Georgia's "campus carry" bill allows adults with concealed carry licenses to bring firearms onto college campuses. Those participating should be aware of exceptions.

Georgia recently passed a law that expands the rights of gun owners to carry firearms on college campuses. The law, referred to as the "campus carry" bill, has met some controversy. In response, the legislature put forward a piece of legislation touted to clean up the original law.

The future of this piece of legislation, House Bill 1060, is with Governor Nathan Deal as it heads to his desk for review. Governor Deal can sign or veto the bill. If he does neither, the bill will become law on its effective date, which is generally July 1. A recent article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussed the bill, noting the fate of the bill is uncertain since the changes suggested by the governor were not included in the final bill passed by the legislature.

Three things to know about the controversial campus carry bill

The law and bill will impact a number of areas, most notably the following:

  • Campus carry provision. Perhaps the most widely known impact of this law is the provision that allows anyone 21 years of age or older that has a weapons license to carry a gun on a college campus. There are some exceptions, such as within the dormitories or at sporting events. Those who support this provision argue that the provision is safe due to the requirement that the weapons be concealed. This, it is argued, is because the concealed carry license requires applicants to undergo both a background check and fingerprinting before an applicant is approved.
  • Bank provision. Another notable provision involves funding from banks. The bill includes a provision that was previously proposed, referred to as the "Georgia Firearms Industry Nondiscrimination Act" that prevents banks from refusing to provide banking services to firearms dealers.

Unless the governor takes action, the bill will likely become law.

Impact of this law

The provisions of this law may cause some confusion about what types of licenses are required to carry firearms in different portions of the state. This is particularly true for young adults on college campuses. This confusion could lead to accusations of possession of a firearm without a permit or other criminal charges.

In these situations, those facing such charges should take the accusations seriously and contact a gun crimes defense attorney. This legal professional can review the details of the charges and build a defense, advocating for your rights and working to better ensure a more favorable outcome.