The University Police Department is taking many steps to work toward our mission of providing a safe and secure environment for the entire University community. As a part of this mission we promote safety on campus by providing education about and enforcing the Georgia weapons on campus laws.
The University of Georgia is designated as a school safety zone. This means that it is illegal to possess any explosive compound or weapon in or on any property owned or used by the University of Georgia. This includes residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses on campus and UGA owned vehicles. It can be a felony to break this law, and the penalties can be severe. The law does provide exceptions for weapons in private vehicles and those who have permits, certain objects commonly used in sporting competitions and for individuals who are authorized to carry firearms in the commission of their official duties. If you legally possess a firearm in your vehicle, please do not remove it from your vehicle while on campus. This could lead to criminal charges under this law. Please refer to sub-section (c) of O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1 or contact the UGA Police Department for a complete explanation of these circumstances.
Weapons come in many forms, and simply possessing one these objects can be considered a violation of the law. Unless an exception is expressly granted in O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1, the following items are prohibited on campus:
- Pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind (this includes air soft, paintball, BB or pellet guns, potato guns and other such homemade devices)
- Knife having a blade of two or more inches
- Straight-edge razor or razor blade
- Spring stick
- Bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon
- Nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken
- Throwing star or oriental dart
- Stun gun or taser
Please remember that these are only a few examples of weapons that can be considered illegal on campus. For the complete list see OCGA 16-11-127.1.
If you know of anyone who is in violation of this law while on campus please let the University Police Department know immediately.
No personnel, including off-duty law enforcement officers, are allowed to bring firearms into any athletic event on campus. Other spectator events on the University of Georgia campus are subject to the same restriction.