Thomasville Times Enterprise

October 7, 2013

VSU to host campus weapons bill discussion and debate

Staff report

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will host a discussion and debate on Senate Bill 101 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Jennett Lecture Hall Room 2211. Faculty, staff, students and residents of the surrounding community may attend.

 The Georgia House of Representatives passed SB 101 in March with a vote of 116-55. The Senate has yet to act on the House’s vision for gun legislation.

However, that could happen in January 2014. The bill, if adopted, would force universities, colleges, and technical schools to allow concealed weapons on their campuses.

As of May 11, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and 369 colleges and universities in 41 states — 235 four-year colleges and universities and 134 community colleges and technical schools — have joined the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. VSU, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, and Georgia Military College are the only institutions in Georgia whose faculty senates or presidents have already voiced opposition to the proposed weapons legislation.

 Contact Will Jimerson at (229) 333-5682 or to learn more.