II. C. 10. Firearms, Weapons, and Explosives
North Georgia Technical College, a unit of
Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is committed to
providing all employees, students, volunteers, visitors, vendors
and contractors a safe and secure workplace and/or academic
setting by expressly prohibiting the possession of a firearm,
weapon, or explosive compound/material on North Georgia
Technical College campuses,
off-site work units, or at any technical college sanctioned
function in a manner contrary to state or federal law.
North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) - A
unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.
contractor, business, or corporation which provides goods and/or
services to North Georgia Technical
College or the Technical College System of Georgia under
the terms specified in a contract. For the purposes of this
policy, the term also includes all employees of a business or
corporation working on North Georgia
Technical College property or at a
North Georgia Technical College
workplace including any sanctioned event.
Explosive Compound: any bomb
or explosive, chemical, or biological material referenced in
operable or inoperable pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed
or intended to propel a missile of any kind as defined in
O.C.G.A. 16-11-27-1, or a machine gun, shotgun, sawed-off
shotgun, sawed-off rifle, dangerous weapon or silencer as
defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-121.
in which a government entity is housed; the building where a
government entity meets in its official capacity; provided,
however, that if such a building is not a publicly owned
building, such building shall be considered a government
building consistent with the provisions of O.C.G.A. 16-11-127
only during the time such government entity is meeting; or, the
portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building
that is occupied by a government entity.
an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board,
body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the state or
any county, municipal corporation,
or local board of education.
in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127 regarding the prohibition of carrying a
deadly weapon in an unauthorized location (e.g., a Government
building) - a
cutting instrument designed for the purpose of offense and
defense consisting of a blade that is greater than two inches in
length which is fastened to a handle.
with a barrel length of at least 18 inches and overall length of
at least 26 inches designed or made and intended to be fired
from the shoulder and designed or made to use the energy of the
accompanying explosive round (i.e. shotgun shell or metallic
cartridge) provided, however, that the term shall not include a
gun which discharges a single shot of .46 centimeters or less in
within a school safety
zone, any operable or inoperable object (or reasonable
facsimile thereof) referenced in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1.,
including but not limited to a pistol, revolver, or any weapon
designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, any knife
with a blade two or more inches in length (e.g., switchblade,
ballistic knife, etc.), straight-edge razor or razor blade, any
bludgeon-type instrument (e.g., blackjack, bat or club), any
flailing instrument (e.g., nunchuck or fighting chain), stun gun
or taser, or weapon designed to be thrown (e.g., throwing star
or oriental dart).
North Georgia Technical
College Campuses, off-site
work location, or any technical college sanctioned function.
1. Unless otherwise provided by
law, it is unlawful for any person to carry,
possess, or have under such person’s
control any firearm, weapon, or unlawful explosive compound
while on North Georgia Technical College property to include all
campuses and off-site work locations; at a College sanctioned
function; or, on a bus or other means of transportation
furnished by the College.
Unless otherwise provided by law, it is unlawful for any
person to carry a weapon (i.e., a knife or handgun) or a long
gun while in a government building or a building occupied, in
part, by a government entity.
President of North Georgia Technical College (or his/her
designee) may authorize a college employee (e.g., maintenance
and/or custodial staff) to have in his/her
possession for use in carrying out assigned duties and
responsibilities an object which would be otherwise prohibited
by the provisions of O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1. Such authorization
must be in writing and shall specify the object(s) which have
been authorized and the time period during which the
authorization is valid.
referenced in applicable provisions of O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1, an
instructor/faculty member may possess, use, or permit the use of
any object referenced in the definition of the term “Weapon”
during classroom instruction.
5. Unless otherwise provided by law, it is an express violation of
policy for any individual to use, possess, manufacture,
distribute, maintain, transport, or receive any of the following
on North Georgia Technical College property to include all
campuses and off-site work locations, or at any College sanctioned
a. any firearm or weapon whether
operable or inoperable as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1 or any
facsimile thereof, including, but not limited to paintball guns,
BB guns, potato guns, air soft guns, or any device that propels
a projectile of any kind;
weapon, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle,
shotgun or silencer as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-121;
weapon, biological weapon, destructive device,
detonator, explosive, incendiary, or over-pressure device, or
gas as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-7-80.
any explosive compound/material defined in O.C.G.A.
any hoax device, replica of a destructive device or
explosive materials with the appearance of a destructive device,
including, but not limited to, fake bombs, packages containing
substances with the appearance of chemical explosives or toxic
6. Personal Possession (Carrying) of a Weapon – the possession of a
permit and/or a valid license to carry a concealed weapon does
not permit any
individual (e.g., staff, student, etc) to carry a weapon on
their person on North Georgia Technical College campuses,
off-site work units, or at any college sanctioned event.
Note: this prohibition does not extend to any person employed as
a campus police officer or security officer and who is otherwise
authorized to carry a weapon pursuant to the provisions of
Chapter 8 of Title 20, or those individuals currently employed
in or, as applicable, who are retired from the occupations
referenced in O.C.G.A. 16-11-130.
Vehicle in Transit – an individual over the age of 21 who holds
a valid firearms permit or license to carry a concealed weapon
may possess a weapon on their person in his/her vehicle or may
keep a weapon in a locked compartment of, in a locked container
in, or in a locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle when in
transit on North Georgia Technical College property.
Parked Vehicle – the
driver of a vehicle parked on the property of North Georgia
Technical College (including the personal vehicle of a student,
System Office, or technical college employee) may keep a firearm
in his/her vehicle provided the weapon is locked out of sight
within the vehicle’s trunk, glove box, or other enclosed
compartment or areas within the vehicle. Note: this provision
applies to those drivers possessing a valid Georgia weapons
carry license or who are otherwise authorized by law to carry or
possess a firearm/weapon.
B. Corrective Action
1. Any employee who violates the
provisions of this policy shall be subject to
disciplinary action up to and including dismissal as well as
2. Any North
Georgia Technical College student who violates the
provisions of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary
action up to and including expulsion consistent with guidelines
of the affected technical college’s Student Code of Conduct as
well as possible criminal prosecution.
Any volunteer or visitor who
violates the provisions of this policy shall be
subject to criminal prosecution.
vendor or contractor who violates the provisions of this policy
subject to the termination of his/her business relationship with
North Georgia Technical College, as well as possible criminal
C. Notification Requirements
Technical College shall post signage at each campus and off-site
work location that firearms, weapons, and unlawful explosive
compounds are prohibited.
Georgia Technical College must develop procedures to
inform employees, students, volunteers, visitors, vendors, and
contractors of the following:
Implications of State law prohibiting firearms, weapons, and
compounds on college property, at off-site work
locations, or at college sanctioned functions.
associated with violations of this policy.
Reporting procedures to notify appropriate law
enforcement agencies of a potential violation.
SBTCSG Policy II.C.10
Adopted: October 19, 1994
Revised and Approved: February 26, 2003; August 5, 2003, September 13, 2011
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