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TN senator sponsors bill permitting college students to carry guns on campus

From NewsChannel 9: A Tennessee Senator is sponsoring a bill that would let students carry firearms on college campuses across the state.


Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) is backing Senate Bill 827, which would permit students who have an enhanced handgun carry permit to have guns on campus.


Currently, college students can carry a weapon up until they step foot on campus,” said Hensley. “But this bill would ensure that eligible college students can carry a firearm to defend themselves on campus. All people have a right to defend themselves. Students on college campuses should be no different.

To carry a firearm, a student would have to be at least 21 years old or at least 18 if they are a veteran.


The Senator comments on students needing to have the ability to protect themselves on their college campus.


Unfortunately, crime is an issue on large college campuses, and law-abiding students should have the right to take every measure possible to ensure their safety – including lawfully carrying a firearm,” Hensley added.