Campus carry law will allow guns at tailgating

2:36 p.m Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Education
Jason Getz / AJC/
September 7, 2013 - Athens, Ga: University of Georgia fans mingle as they tailgate off of South Lumpkin Street before Georgia's game against University of South Carolina . JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

University System of Georgia officials laid out guidelines Wednesday about how the state’s new controversial “campus carry” law will be implemented.

While concealed weapons won’t be allowed inside athletics events, guns will be allowed at tailgating events, according to a two-page memo released by USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

Governor Deal signed the bill into law that allows students and other licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus, taking effect July 31.

The USG will not provide gun storage facilities or post signs outside restricted areas, which some students and faculty requested.

Law enforcement on the campuses of USG colleges and universities will solely be responsible for enforcing the law. The rules are for Georgia’s public colleges and universities.

“It is incumbent upon each one of us to follow the law,” Wrigley wrote. “Students, faculty and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns.”

The new guidelines take effect July 1.