At 8 a.m. Monday, police at the University of Tennessee will start registering employees who want to carry guns on the Knoxville campus, signaling the start of a new era for public schools across the state.
A law opening college campuses to guns goes into effect July 1. Institutions, working alongside law enforcement, have scrambled to rewrite policies, develop new programs and work through hypothetical hiccups to meet the deadline.
Under the law, full-time employees — including professors and staff members — with the necessary permits can carry concealed handguns with them on campus. But anyone who wants to carry will have to register with campus or local law enforcement first.
Only Full Time Employees Qualify To Carry Guns On Campus
Students are not allowed to carry guns on campus, unless they are also employees and only their classes are online.
This is a big win for the second amendment. Now there will be armed personnel on Tennessee school campuses. This should deter potential shooters. Tennessee has decided it’s schools will not be soft targets for would be killers. Hopefully, we see many more schools follow up with similar legislation.