Cataula, GA asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Election Law for Georgia

Q: In Georgia, if part of a college campus is used as a polling place does HB 280 still apply or is it a gun free zone?

This is assuming that the area of campus being used for polling is not regulated as a weapons free area under Georgia’s Campus Carry Law(HB 280).

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under Georgia law, HB 280 allows individuals with the appropriate license to carry a concealed handgun in certain areas on public college campuses. However, this does not apply to buildings and property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.

When a college campus serves as a polling place, the specific areas designated for polling may be subject to different regulations on Election Day. If the area being used for polling is not ordinarily a weapons-free zone under HB 280, it would not automatically become a gun-free zone on Election Day.

Yet, it's wise to review any temporary measures or signage that may be in place during elections, as they could temporarily alter the usual permissions. You should also keep up to date with any local ordinances or campus regulations that might affect this status during polling. Always ensure compliance with both state and local laws when carrying a weapon on a college campus that serves as a polling place.

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