New college year, new campus carry law

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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 / News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – August 16 will be the first day of college for some, and the close of a long journey for others.

“Every year it keeps getting better and better, I’ve been finding new friends, doing new things, finding my own niche here,” said student Kush Patel.

Each year brings new challenges, and sometimes new laws like campus carry. Not a problem for some students.

"You always see campus police around and they're all really nice and helpful. Even at night I'll be here on campus studying until like 2 and still there's always a campus police officer,” said Patel.

Campus police hands are tied in some areas of the new law.

They can’t put up signs pointing to prohibited areas, or keep a list of people with guns. But they can enforce the consequences for mishandling them.

If it’s not concealed, an employee or student can be suspended from work or classes. The second offense could mean getting kicked out of school or fired.

"Safety is amazing, I don't think there has been a single safety issue since I've been here,” said Patel.

Campus police want to keep it that way, students too as they prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.

“This ended up being the perfect choice,” said Patel.

It’s important that parents and students review the law. Officials say that’ll cut down on the number of questions, and help you understand if the gun holder is in the wrong.
Move-in day for some Augusta University dorms is Saturday, and guns are not allowed in the dorms. If you see one, you should call campus police.

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