In a victory for the Second Amendment and student safety, faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee are now legally allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus. A pending bill in Georgia goes beyond the Tennessee version by allowing anyone over the ago of 21 with a carry permit to lawfully carry on campus. From AP:
A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law on Monday without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature.
Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing campus leader “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, with provisions protecting colleges from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on campus.
The Tennessee law limiting campus carry to faculty and staff with state-issued handgun carry permits is more limited than a bill awaiting a decision by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. That measure would allow anyone age 21 and up to carry a concealed handgun on campus with the proper permit.
And reaction from Bearing Arms' Bob Owens:
While the delicate sensibilities of university Marxists professors, administrators, and campus cops have been clearly rattled by the advance of campus carry around the nation, and there have been the usual hysterical claims that there will be “blood in the streets” once students can legally carry guns on campus, there is no rational reason to feel that concealed carrying students will be any more of a threat on campus than they are everywhere else.
The reality of the matter is that there have always been concealed handguns on college campuses, especially in Southern states where there is something of a tradition of fathers sending their daughters off to school with a small handgun, “just in case.”
Campus carry will be implemented in Tennessee (and eventually in Georgia, whether Governor Deal wants it or not), and then you know what’s going to happen?
Pretty much nothing.
Concealed carriers are the most law-abiding subset of society.