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Stun guns allowed on public college campuses in Georgia

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Earlier this year, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses around the state.

However, he did sign into law a measure that allows devices like stun guns and Tasers on campus.

The new law allows students to have an electroshock weapon, like a Taser or stun gun, on any public college and university campus in Georgia. This is a new way for students or faculty to protect themselves if they should ever need it. 

Stun guns aren't only new for the protection of students, but this will also be the first time the campus police department will be equipped with Tasers. The Armstrong Police Department says they have been putting information on their website to make sure everyone is aware of what the new law actually says for having a stun gun on campus.

“For instance, the law very clearly says the devices can only be used for defense of self or other, so horseplay, games are strictly prohibited,” said Armstrong State University Police Chief Wayne Willcox.

“When a Taser is used improperly it has the same implication as even a firearm, so if a kid uses a Taser against another kid and it's not in self-defense, it could be construed as aggravated assault because it is a weapon at that point,” said Armstrong Patrol Lieutenant Kurtis Purtee.

The Tasers Armstrong Police will use, will also have cameras on them that will record in addition to the body cams the police already wear.

The Armstrong Police Department wants to be proactive on this issue, not only getting information out to the campus. But also plan on holding workshops and seminars later in the year for students about the safe use of stun guns and Tasers.

Students return to Armstrong for the fall semester starting August 15.

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