Who are the professors going to court against the campus carry law?

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Who are the professors going to court against the campus carry law?

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jeff Milsteen, Kennesaw State University Chief Legal Affairs Officer, addresses a room filled with members of the KSU community about House Bill 280 on June 22, 2017. Chad Rhym/ Chad.Rhym@ajc.com

Six Georgia professors have joined together to work through the court system to end the state’s new law that allows licensed individuals to carry guns on some parts of public college campuses.

To read more about the case, click here.

Here’s some information about the educators, according to a complaint filed Monday, and why they want the law removed:

  • John Knox. He’s been teaching at the University of Georgia for 16 years. He’s also a gun owner. Knox worries guns in the classroom “make the learning environment less safe for everyone” and fears more students will commit suicide.
  • Michael Noll. He teaches geography at Valdosta State University and has been there 17 years. He’s posted a “no weapons” sign in front of his office and fears “gun violence from students who receive failing grades.”
  • James Porter. He’s a professor emeritus at the University of Georgia who’s taught for 40 years. He’s worried distressed students may discharge their weapons.
  • Laurel Robinson. She’s the visual arts department chair at Georgia Southwestern State University and has worked in the University System of Georgia for 40 years. She fears an accidental or purposeful discharge “could cause a dangerous discharge which could kill or injure others in the classroom.”
  • Aristotelis Santas. He teaches philosophy and religious studies at Valdosta State. He’s worked in the University System of Georgia for 27 years. He’s so concerned about the issue that he’s allowing students to leave his classroom if they feel unsafe.
  • William B. Whitman. He teaches microbiology at the University of Georgia and has worked in the University System of Georgia for 35 years. He’s also worried about a weapons discharge in a classroom causing an explosion.
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