Brett Michael Davis
Photo: Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Office

UGA bus driver charged after leaving gun in residence hall restroom

A student bus driver for the University of Georgia was arrested after allegedly taking a loaded gun into a residence hall on campus, officials said.

Brett Michael Davis told police he was driving his route Dec. 6 when he parked at the Russell Hall bus stop so he could walk to Brumby Hall to use the men’s room, according to a campus police report.

The 30-year-old left without his weapon to continue his bus route. A campus employee called police about 8:45 a.m. and, shortly thereafter, Davis returned — out of breath — to retrieve his gun, the report states.

MORE: Guns legal on Georgia college campuses

According to officials with the University System of Georgia, the “campus carry” law leaves it up to the person carrying the gun to know what the rules are and to follow them, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. That includes whether they are entering a place on campus where guns are still banned or if they are taking a class with a high school student — a situation that would also bar them from carrying their weapon.

Under the law, anyone with a concealed-weapon permit will be allowed to carry firearms on all public college and university campuses, with exceptions that include dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and buildings used for athletic events. 

Davis had a concealed carry permit, but was charged with having a weapon on school property, a misdemeanor, the report states. He was also charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct for leaving a loaded gun unattended in an area where others had access to it, according to the report.

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