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Tenn. House moves to eliminate carry permits, allow guns on college campuses

A student was found with a loaded gun at Great Crossing High School. / Source: (Georgetown Police Department)
A student was found with a loaded gun at Great Crossing High School. / Source: (Georgetown Police Department)(WVLT)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 8:21 AM EDT
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The GOP-led Tennessee House has advanced several proposals that would allow public college students with permits to carry concealed guns on campus and eliminate the requirement that residents obtain any permits to carry handguns, including for concealed weapons.

Wednesday's action followed a long debate Tuesday evening in which a House committee spent more than two hours debating the bill to eliminate the permit requirement.

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The proposal is backed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee, but he recently said it wasn’t a top priority during the coronavirus outbreak. The measure succeeded but must still clear the full House chamber.

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