Welfare and Security Committee


February 10, 2010

Research Administration Building – 1st floor conference room - 4:00 PM



Attendance: Bob Pikowsky, Mark Demyanek (special invited guest), Teresa Crocker (special invited guest), Tanah Barchichat, Andrew Hardin, Jeff Jenkins, Jim Ellington, Margaret Kosal, Jimmy Williams and Dene Sheheane (special invited guest).   Absent:  Jilda Garton.




WSC Discussed Proposed Legislation Pending in the Georgia House and Senate that would Permit Concealed Carry of Firearms on Campus


House Bill 615 and Senate Bill 308 would permit holders of concealed carry permits to bring firearms onto campus. The current statutory provisions banning concealed carry of firearms on campus would be repealed.


The text of House Bill 615 is available on the Internet at http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/versions/hb615_LC_28_4596ER_a_2.htm.  
The Senate Bill is available at http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/versions/sb308_As_introduced_LC_38_0988_2.htm.  

Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson and Student Government Association President Alina Staskevicius are on record as opposed to legislation that would permit guns on campus. GT Police Chief Teresa Crocker believes that concealed carry will raise new problems for police officers.

Dene Sheheane, Executive Director of Government and Community Relations, gave us an overview of the status of the bills in the legislature. We’re hopeful that the bills will not be adopted in the next month or so, in which case they will need to be re-introduced in the legislature next year.

The meeting adjourned at 5:04 pm.