8/05/2008

University of Georgia Policy on Firearms

Thanks to David Mustard for sending this to me. He just received it via email today.

MEMORANDUM

TO: UGA Faculty, Staff, and Students

FROM: Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police

RE: Possession of Weapons on Campus

In regards to weapons on campus, the University of Georgia has a Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives policy. The policy conforms to Georgia statutes which address the possession of weapons on University property. The policy follows in its entirety:

University of Georgia
Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives Policy

The University has deemed the following actions to be prohibited by state law and/or University policy. Violation of this policy will result in appropriate action, including but not limited to termination, dismissal and/or criminal prosecution, if it finds that a student, employee or visitor to campus engages in any of the following:

Using, possessing, manufacturing, distributing, maintaining, transporting or receiving, in a residence hall, any location on University property or at any University sponsored event, any of the following:

(a) firearm or weapon whether operable or inoperable as defined in Georgia Code Section 16-11-127.1 or any object of like character, including but not limited to paintball guns, BB guns, potato guns, air soft guns or any device which propels a projectile of any kind;

(b) any dangerous weapon, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, shotgun or silencer as defined in Georgia Code Section 16-11-121;

(c) any bacteriological weapon, biological weapon, destructive device, detonator, explosive, incendiary, over-pressure device or poison gas as defined in Georgia Code Section 16-7-80;

(d) any explosive materials as defined in Georgia Code Section 16-7-81; or

(e) any hoax device, replica of a destructive device or configuration of explosive materials with the appearance of a destructive device, including but not limited to, fake bombs, packages containing substances with the appearance of chemical explosives or toxic materials.

The possession of a valid firearms permit, or a valid license to carry a concealed weapon, does not exempt students from the provisions of this policy or provisions detailed in Georgia Code Section 16-11-127.1. Under these provisions, students are prohibited from possessing, manufacturing, etc. weapons as defined above anywhere on University property.

These provisions do not prohibit the possession by non-students (i.e. faculty, staff, and visitors to campus) of weapons or devices which are legal to possess, provided such a device is kept in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle, or a locked container or locked firearms rack within a motor vehicle.

Under Georgia Code Section 16-11-127.1(c)(5)(E), campus police officers are not prohibited from carrying weapons on the University of Georgia campus


Georgia Packing has this information:

I wonder if the UGA regulations can be challenged.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous alfsauve said...

First it contradicts itself saying in the opening section it's applicable to employee and visitors, then in the closing section it says employees and visitors may keep firearms in their vehicles.

Secondly, it is so broad with no exemption for laboratory or research work.

Thirdly, it doesn't address LEOs, other than campus officers, carrying weapons.

Lastly, it doesn't address legitimate on campus use such as shooting sports or starter pistols or dramatic productions.

alfsauve

8/06/2008 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess Nerf guns are also banned since they shoot "projectiles" as well. What's next, rubberbands?

8/06/2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger blueline151 said...

I am a certified Police officer in GA. I was on the UGA campus in uniform in a marked vehicle and was told by UGA staff that I could not have my weapon. I told them that GA law permits this and they replied that UGA policy is higher than GA law!!! They are out of control. Did they not hear what happened at Va Tech, how many lives could have been saved had a couple of Officers with weapons been there that day.

11/25/2008 4:53 PM  
OpenID gtfan4life0909 said...

I don't think officers would've been able to do shit because of the time frame... But if there were trained students with a gun, maybe some lives would've been saved. I think a student should have the rights as a normal citizen, on campus or not. The second bill of right is the right to bear arms (for protection).... considering the events at virginia tech, i think students should have the right to protect themselves.

10/14/2009 7:00 PM  

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