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House OKs Employees to Carry Guns on College Campuses ; Students Still Not Allowed to Go Armed

Newspaper article News Sentinel

House OKs Employees to Carry Guns on College Campuses ; Students Still Not Allowed to Go Armed

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NASHVILLE -- The state House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday evening to a controversial bill allowing full-time employees and faculty members at Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to carry their guns on campus.

The bill, which passed the Senate 28-5 on Tuesday, won House approval on a 69-24 vote. The bill does not allow students with permits to go armed.

Senate Bill 2376 also contains provisions banning employees from going armed in sports stadiums and arenas while public events are underway there and during conferences with administrators regarding their job performance and tenure.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, said a survey of University of Tennessee faculty members that he received Tuesday found 86 percent of the faculty at the University of Tennessee were against the guns on campus bill. …

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