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Guns in campus trunks bill passes State Legislature

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State legislators have sent Gov. Haslam a bill that would require Tennessee’s public universities to allow hand gun carry permit holders to store their weapons in their vehicles on campus.

The measure passed by the House Monday would prohibit universities from taking any disciplinary action against students or staff members who store their guns in locked vehicle trunks or glove compartments while on school property.

Prior to the vote, sponsor Courtney Rogers of Goodletsville debated the bill on the floor of the House with fellow Republican Rep. Mike Stewart of Nashville. Stewart noted that while he supports the state’s handgun carry laws, he doesn’t think the legislature should be second-guessing school administrators.

“Don’t you think it’s rational for the trustees of these institutions to say, ‘You know, on balance we actually don’t think it’s a good idea for people to have dangerous firearms on our campus.’ Don’t you think we should leave that to them?”
“I’m more concerned about…remembering…mass shootings – Kent State – going unanswered. I would like our students to be able to defend themselves.”

The bill passed the House on a vote of 67-22. The companion measure passed the Senate last week. The proposal now goes to the governor for his consideration.