Student leaders across campus recently took steps to inform their peers of the new “campus carry” law as classes start back up for the fall. As part of the student leadership meeting hosted by Campus Life last Friday, students viewed a video explaining House Bill 280, commonly known as the “campus carry”.
“The only negative form of information is misinformation. It is our responsibility as student leaders to be informed and inform others,” said Matthew Trice, a senior and president of Clayton State Chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
The three-minute video was produced by the Georgia Film Academy and commissioned by the University System of Georgia upon recommendations from student leaders at public colleges and universities across Georgia about how to better disseminate information about the new legislation to students.
HB 280 establishes that anyone who is licensed to carry a handgun may do so – in a concealed manner only – anywhere on Georgia’s public college and university campuses, except in certain areas that are specifically listed in the law.
Those exemptions on Clayton State’s campus include the Athletics Center, tennis courts and soccer fields; Laker Hall student residences and non-publicly accessible areas in Laker Village; faculty and administrative offices; and classes that have Dual-Enrollment students.
“My biggest takeaway from the video is what areas that handguns are carried in, and if you don’t have your license you will be subject to criminal charges,” said Ahmad Johnson, president of the Student Government Association. “There are a lot of dual enrollment students on campus, so those that carry have to know it. I personally, happen to come across dual enrollment students often.”
Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information regarding HB 280 can be found on Clayton State University’s Public Safety webpage. The video can be viewed here.