Staff, Faculty Register to Carry on Campus in Tennessee

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Last month, Tennessee’s campus carry bill went into effect, allowing faculty and staff with concealed carry permits to be armed on the state’s public colleges and universities, similar to several other campus carry bills passed in other states over the past few years.

Now, according to this story from guns.com, some numbers are in that indicate how many faculty and staff are arming themselves this school year. Here's how it breaks down as of mid-August, according to guns.com:

  • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville had the highest faculty turnout, with 111 full-time employees having applied to carry on campus. The school has more than 1,700 full-time faculty.

  • At Austin Peay in Clarksville, 24 out of 900 employees have applied to carry.

  • The University of Memphis has 26 staffers set to carry, out of 2,400 employees.

  • Middle Tennessee University had about 15 to 20 applicants.

  • East Tennessee State University had 11 staffers sign on.

Employees were able to start carrying as of July 1, as long as they applied with either the campus police or the local PD.

The campus carry bill landed on Gov. Bill Haslam's desk in May. In a surprising move, he didn't sign the bill, but sent it back to the General Assembly with a letter explaining why he would allow it to pass without his signature, the story says.

There are restrictions included in the bill, for instance, faculty cannot carry at school-sponsored sporting events or during meetings where job performance is evaluated.