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'Campus carry' bill heads to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk

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The “campus carry” bill has passed the Georgia Senate and is now heading to Governor Nathan Deal, who has said he will sign the bill into law.

The bill allows those 21 and older with the proper permit to carry concealed handguns on campus. They will not be able to take weapons into athletic facilities or student housing, and that includes fraternity and sorority houses.

One person WTOC's Dal Cannady spoke with has a child at the Child Development Center on the campus of Georgia Southern University. He had hoped the provisions would include those types of centerc and contacted lawmakers to ask for that. He's concerned with the chances of an active shooter tragedy. But he's more worried about simple accidents from people with no bad intentions.

“People that are otherwise responsible could sit a bag down with a handgun in it, or that purse down. You know, accidents happen,” said Robert Yarborough, parent.  

WTOC caught up with some students on Friday about the new bill.

“I think it is kind of a scary thing. We have police on campus who are trained and know how to use firearms, so to have that kind of power as a student. That kind of scares me,” said Shawana Defreitas, Armstrong State University student.

“I feel like Armstrong should get to have that say - yes or no - and I feel like they should say no,” said Tierra Wilson, Armstrong State University sophomore.

"I feel it's unsafe, because I know as students we go through a lot of things, but you don't know what's going on through a student’s mind,” said Chirag Patel, sophomore at Armstrong.

“Why do you really need a gun? You're in class trying to get an education, what is a gun really going to help you for,” said Brooke Nichols, freshman at Armstrong. 

Follows is a statement from the University System of Georgia:

"We appreciate the opportunity to have been heard. We expressed our opposition on behalf of our Board, 29 presidents, campus police chiefs, faculty and many students and their parents. We are disappointed because we feel current law strikes the right balance between creating a safe environment on our campuses while affording those individuals who are carry users a safeguard location.  We are committed to providing our students, faculty and staff a safe environment, which is a responsibility that the University System takes very seriously." 

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