Tennessee Campus Safety Legislation to be Enacted into Law

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Tennessee Campus Safety Legislation to be Enacted into Law
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The National Rifle Association (NRA) applauds Tennessee lawmakers for the enactment of an NRA-backed campus safety law that expands the protection of law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right to self-defense.

Sponsored by Senator Mike Bell and Representative Andy Holt, Senate Bill 2376 allows full-time employees of public universities and colleges to carry a concealed handgun while on school property if that employee holds a valid Tennessee concealed carry permit.

“The ability to protect yourself at home or work is a constitutional right every American should be free to exercise,” said NRA spokesman Lars Dalseide. “This campus safety measure means law-abiding gun owners who work for a public college or university in Tennessee will no longer have to rely on others for their personal protection. It’s all part of an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of everyone commuting to and from campus in the Volunteer State.”

Coupled with SB 1991, an NRA-backed campus safety bill that allows employees or students of public postsecondary institutions to legally transport and store firearms or ammunition in their vehicles, SB 2376 simply expands one’s right to self-defense.

SB 1991, sponsored by state Senator Brian Kelsey and state Representative Courtney Rogers, became law on April 26, 2016. SB 2376 will be enacted on July 1, 2016.

Campus Carry Facts:

  • Threats to personal safety don’t disappear once you step on campus. Denying people their constitutional right to self-protection empowers criminals and leaves law-abiding citizens vulnerable to criminal attack.
  • Criminals do not abide by gun free zones and gun free zones make law-abiding citizens sitting ducks for criminals.
  • Time and again America has seen violent criminals target their attacks on campuses and other places where law-abiding people are prohibited from carrying guns for protection.
  • Eight states have provisions, either by legislation or court rulings, allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. (Kansas law goes into effect July 2017. Oregon and Wisconsin laws do not allow for carrying of firearms into campus buildings).
  • When Utah began allowing students to carry a concealed firearm more than a decade ago, the campus experienced a drop in the rates of;
    • Violent crimes
    • Rapes
    • Aggravated assaults

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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not a bad move…. but nowhere near far enough forward. The same issues cited to promote this law also apply to students and even visitors to those campuses. WHY is it that college students are relegated to some second class status when it comes to their own safety? An older adult, I attended a college for two years, ending about three years ago. Whilst the college claimed they had banned weapons from the campus, they had not….. and cannot legally do so per state law. The only consequence would be expulsion, a risk I chose not to take. Now I’m… Read more »

Mike McAllister

It is far past time for the people of America to take back the country that is theirs to start with. Politicians think they are in charge, it’s time the people take back the power, vote this jackasses out of office and start over.

Gene Ralno

We have a colossal advantage. Good guys outnumber bad buys by at least twenty to one. Why wouldn’t we want some of them armed. Leftists are running for their political lives. They know crime rates are plummeting and soon enough, leftist favorability ratings will follow. Lefties know they must maintain high numbers of victims who believe their poppycock and vote for them. If the good guys stop most of the bad guys, the poppycock will be evident even to hard core leftists.