Bill Haslam

Bill allowing staff to be armed at Tennessee's public colleges becomes law

Bill allowing staff to be armed at Tennessee's public colleges becomes law

A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law Monday without the Republican governor's signature.

Gov. Bill Haslam, who declined to veto the bill, said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing institutions "to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus."

But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators during the legislative process by including provisions protecting schools from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on...

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