Update 4/21/16: Late on Wednesday, after this story was posted, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed the campus carry bill by a vote of 69-24. It is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam for signing.
We've reported recently on Tennessee's efforts at legalizing campus carry, and the bill that would do so was just approved by the state senate on Tuesday. The bill would allow faculty and workers with concealed carry permits to be armed on the state's public colleges and universities.
Sponsored by Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville), the bill has raised concerns from Republican Gov. Bill Haslam about the measure not allowing individual institutions to opt out of allowing guns on their campuses.
"I think some of these people need to take their medication," Bell said of a survey of faculty at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville that are largely opposed to the measure. "Maybe this will give UT a chance to hire some conservative teachers if we have a mass exodus of some of these liberals who responded to this."
The story says that under the bill, university staff and faculty would be banned from carrying firearms at stadiums or gyms during school-sponsored events, meetings where disciplinary or tenure issues are being discussed, in hospitals or medical or mental health offices, and any other locations prohibited by other laws, such as day care centers or elementary schools.