Guns on campus bill heads to Gov. Haslam’s desk for approval

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)– Legislation to allow public university employees to carry guns on campus is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam.

Both the House and Senate have approved the measure. People who support the bill say it is an employee’s constitutional right to carry.

The bill only applies to employees with handgun carry permits, and would apply to college campuses in our area, including East Tennessee State University.

President of ETSU Dr. Brian Noland said that if it is the will of the General Assembly, they will implement the bill.

“However, I think that it is unfortunate that in 2016 as a nation were looking to an enhanced presence of firearms… not only on our campus, but in other public settings,” Noland said.

The bill is drawing controversy from all angles, including some teachers vowing to quit if it becomes law.

Gov. Haslam said he wants universities to have the chance to opt out.

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