Around Georgia: Campus gun law survey set for Kennesaw State students

Professor: KSU findings could help ‘criminologists, university leaders and policymakers’

Students at Kennesaw State University are being surveyed about Georgia's campus gun laws. The survey, being conducted by Jennifer McMahon, a professor and assistant chairwoman of the department of sociology and criminal justice, was emailed to students Feb. 11, days before the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Its results will only be discussed at academic conferences, at invited presentations and in academic journals, according to The Sentinel, the KSU student newspaper. "By surveying faculty, administrators, staff and students at a large public university in one of the eleven states that have a campus carry law, our results can help criminologists, university leaders and policymakers understand the attitudes and experiences that individuals have on a campus where concealed carry permit holders are allowed to carry guns," McMahon said. Under a law that went into effect in July, college students who are 21 or older and have a weapon carry permit may carry a concealed weapon in class and on certain parts of campus.

Mayo follows famous father’s footsteps as Black History Parade grand marshal

Former state Rep. Rahn Mayo, D-Decatur, is reprising the role his famous father 50 years ago in the first Black History Parade. Mayo, the son of the actor Whitman Mayo of "Sanford and Son" acclaim, will be the celebrity grand marshal of the 50th Black History Parade and Expo in North Fontana, Calif., on Saturday, The Fontana Herald News is reporting. His father, who played the role of Fred Sanford's best friend, Grady Wilson, was the parade's grand marshal on Feb. 24, 1968. The younger Mayo, a Democrat, served in the Georgia House from 2009 to 2016.

Kemp makes spending cap a plank in platform in his bid for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, is advocating for changes in spending. Speaking Tuesday in Fannin County, Kemp said he wants to see a state spending cap, one that will ensure closer scrutiny of the state budget. "When you're in good times, that's when you need the spending cap," Kemp said, according to, a news website covering several North Georgia counties. Kemp cited growth in the state's operating budget from $20.8 billion in 2015 to $26 billion for fiscal 2019.