(Think Progress) -- Without widespread approval from its student leaders, regents, or police, Tennessee empowered full-time staff and faculty to carry firearms at public universities and colleges. On Monday, following months of heated debate about how to keep schools safe, Gov. Bill Haslam allowed Tennessee’s General Assembly to expand campus gun rights without his signature. pparently Melisandre ain’t the only one that got some advanced aging issues cuz Bran look like he’s gotten a couple of kids, a mortgage and a divorce since the last time we saw him.
A bill to arm employees was first introduced last January by Sen. Mike Bell (R) and Rep. Andy Holt (R), who argued that firearms on campus could bolster security measures. Beginning July 1, at least 27,000 employees will have that option, if they are licensed gun owners. Guns will not be allowed in stadiums or gyms, medical and mental health facilities, or meetings about discipline and tenure. But as long as they let local law enforcement know that they plan to carry, employees will mostly have free reign at higher education institutions statewide.
Haslam refused to sign off on the bill, saying in a statement that schools should devise their own plans to improve campus safety. Nevertheless, he allowed it to become law on the grounds that it was amended to accommodate grievances that opponents of the legislation had. For instance, schools will not be liable for monetary damages, and police will be able to track who has firearms on campus.
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