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Weapons Policy

It is unlawful for an individual to bring to, possess, or have under such person’s control any explosive compound, firearm, or knife designed for the purpose of offense or defense while at a public gathering (O.C.G.A. 16-11-127). Having a license to carry a pistol is not justification under this policy. It is unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess, or have under such person’s control while within a College building, function, or property, or on a bus or any other transportation provided by the College any weapon or explosive compound (O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1). The provisions of this prohibition shall not apply to those individuals who are specifically exempted by law. (O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1(c) and (d).

"Weapon" means and includes any pistol, revolver, or weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, Bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, any bat, club or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nunchahka, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades that is designed to be thrown or propelled and that may be known as a throwing star, oriental dart, or any other weapon of like kind, any stun gun or laser. This definition shall exclude any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by an instructor. "Weapon" also means and includes any instrument as defined by law as a weapon (O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1(a) (2). "Weapon" does not include any fireworks, the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10, Title 25 of Georgia Law.

"Public gathering" means and includes, but is not limited to, any function or event of or at the College, its campuses, satellites, buildings, or vehicles involving its employees or students. Such buildings include any public-owned, -leased or -operated building that houses any governmental or educational function on or off campus. This policy exempts law enforcement officers, judges, magistrates, solicitors, district attorneys, and employees of the department of corrections or employees of local or federal correctional facilities who are authorized to carry a firearm. Also exempt are persons employed as campus police or security officers who are authorized to carry a weapon in accordance with Chapter 8, Title 20, and private detectives or security agents who hold firearm permits issued by the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies. Also exempt is any legal weapon carried in a locked container, locked compartment, or locked gun rack in a privately owned vehicle; however, this exemption shall not apply to a student attending Columbus Technical College. Any employees or students found in violation of this policy shall, in addition to any criminal action taken, be subject to dismissal from the College or termination of employment as determined by the President.

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