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In a significant step toward bolstering school safety, Tennessee is on the verge of enacting legislation that would permit public school teachers and staff to carry concealed firearms on school premises, provided they obtain an enhanced handgun carry permit and undergo annual law enforcement training, The Tennessean reports. The measure, known as Senate Bill 1325, has successfully passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 7-1 vote and now awaits final approval.

This groundbreaking initiative aims to address the pressing security gap in 566 Tennessee public schools currently without school resource officers (SROs). “This is just another tool that can be used by those K-12 schools in the event that they’re not capable of hiring an SRO,” stated Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta, highlighting the bill’s intent to provide a robust defense mechanism in schools lacking sufficient SRO coverage.

Despite opposition from some quarters, the bill’s proponents emphasize the rigorous training and qualifications required for teachers and staff to carry firearms, ensuring that only the most capable individuals are entrusted with this responsibility. Enhanced handgun carry permit holders must complete an 8-hour safety course and meet strict background and training criteria.

In addition to Senate Bill 1325, Tennessee legislators have taken comprehensive steps to enhance school safety statewide, including funding for SROs in every public school, homeland security agents to coordinate safety measures, and grants for security equipment upgrades in educational institutions.

The legislative package reflects Tennessee’s commitment to creating a safer educational environment, empowering teachers, and ensuring the well-being of students through well-thought-out measures and responsible firearm handling.

As the bill moves closer to becoming law, it signifies a proactive approach to school safety, hopefully offering peace of mind to parents, educators and students alike.

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  1. The private “christian” school in Tennessee merely needed real locked doors to keep out the murderous confused girl. Or so we’re told🙄Home school if possible.

    • According to her own words, it sounds like they merely needed the threat of a security guard that would fire back. If there had been a police car parked near the entrance, I bet she would have regrouped, and found an easier place to target later.

    • Hey, her ‘manifesto’ was supposed to be unsealed last week, any idea if it’s out yet?

  2. If I’m not mistaken, the Enhanced handgun carry permit is just the regular permit people got a few years ago before the recent changes to make legal carry easier.

  3. Utah has had unrestricted teacher carry for 30 years. Zero school shootings. One toilet accidentally shot by a kindergarten teacher (no injuries).
    Ohio has had zero school shootings since authorized teacher & staff carry.

  4. When I was in high school there was no talk of arming teachers. Why would there be? Most of the students already were. In 1976 my best friend bought a Mini-14 the summer before our senior year. I remember because it was marked with the “made in the 200th year of American liberty.” It was in his truck every day after that. I usually had a Remington 742 30-06, (they were a thing around here for those of us who couldn’t afford a BAR), a Marlin 336 and a Mossberg 500.

  5. Now maybe we’ll have more stats showing that this is the way to go
    (Even though some of us already knew this was a big part of the answer to the school shooting question)

  6. Tennessee Moves Closer to Empowering Teachers with the Right to Carry Firearms for School Defense

    Rights are not empowered by government. What they are doing is eliminating unconstitutional limits artificially placed upon those entering the most vulnerable places to defend themselves.

  7. “Calling Elaine D” “calling Elaine. D”
    The former TTAG twriter and liberal gunner. Mom’s demanding action is requesting your help. Because you also
    Support banning teachers from carrying guns.

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