Tuesday’s grassroots effort grew out of concerns students and faculty had long before the bill passed, said Robin Dorff, dean of KSU’s college of humanities and social sciences. Dorff was scheduled to meet informally later Tuesday with school leaders about the next steps for the legislation and for KSU.
“We’re not assuming that the bill will stay as it is or be signed by the governor, but it is what it is now, and we need to start thinking about alternatives and options going forward.”
State lawmakers approved the legislation last week. It would allow those 21 and older with a concealed-carry license to have a gun on public college or university campuses, but not inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses and at athletic events. Places such as campus child care centers, music concert venues and classrooms would be OK. Georgia would become the ninth state to allow campus carry, following Texas, whose campus carry law takes effect in August.
The governor said Monday he wants lawmakers to consider exempting on-campus child care centers from the legislation and to address his concerns about high school students who are also enrolled in college courses on campuses that allow firearms. All 29 University System and 22 technical college system schools offer dual-enrollment programs for these younger students.
Hundreds of faculty members in Texas have said they would not allow guns in their classrooms, some have resigned and others have been warned about teaching controversial topics that could increase tension in a classroom.
“People are nervous about it,” said Rosezetta Bobo, director of KSU’s alternative dispute resolution training and services. “I’ve had faculty tell me that they are going to quit if this is passed, and I think I would too if I taught … I don’t think a gun will solve anything.”
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