Tenn. lawmaker considering bill to allow university faculty to be armed

Sen. Mike Bell (source: State of Tenn.)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker says he’s considering legislation that would allow faculty and employees at Tennessee’s public higher education institutions to be armed if they have a handgun carry permit.

Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville discussed the proposal on Thursday during a hearing of the state Senate Higher Education Subcommittee that had campus security on its agenda.

Bell says he believes faculty and employees should have “the best chance possible to defend themselves” in situations like the campus massacre earlier this month at an Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people before taking his own life.

The senator says he’s also considering legislation that would allow students with handgun permits to be armed at a private college or university.

Higher education officials attending the hearing say they have adequate security on their campuses and don’t think Bell’s proposals are necessary.

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