Georgia students begin quietly carrying guns


Georgia students begin quietly carrying guns

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Emma Moore, 22, Dacula, says she opposes campus carry while tailgating at Myers Quad before Georgia plays Appalachian State on Saturday, September 2, 2017, in Athens. Curtis Compton/

There is some consensus among supporters and critics about one aspect of Georgia’s new campus carry law.

Both sides say the provision that allows licensed weapon owners to carry guns at tailgating, but not inside athletic venues, needs changes.

As the University of Georgia Bulldogs opened  their football season, tailgaters gave their opinions to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter.

Those who oppose the law want want guns forbidden at tailgating and the pro-carry fans want the law to provide for a safer place to store guns on campus other than a glove compartment. The law did not provide for safe storage facilities, and guns are forbidden in dormitories.

“I think mixing guns with alcohol is not a good thing, especially with students tailgating,” said Emma Moore, 22, a first-year University of Georgia graduate student from Gwinnett County, tailgating with friends on campus Saturday afternoon.

Dallin Larsen, a third-year UGA doctoral student, who is a licensed weapon holder said the rules are too cumbersome. Parking lots can be a long walk from tailgating areas. Cars, he said, are the only places where a gun could be stored before entering the stadium.

“A lot of people will decide to not carry to avoid the inconvenience of having to find a proper and secure place to store their firearm before going into the stadium,” said Larsen, 30.

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