18 UT employees register to carry handguns on first day

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Eighteen University of Tennessee employees registered to carry a concealed handgun on Monday, the first day they were able to do so.

Full-time university employees in Tennessee with a permit will be able to carry concealed weapons on campus beginning July 1 after a bill passed by the state legislature became law without Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature.

Employees’ guns must be concealed at all times. The bill requires staff to inform campus law enforcement of their guns. Students are not allowed to carried concealed weapons, including full-time employees who are enrolled at UT.

Employees are not allowed to bring guns into meetings about tenure and employee discipline, and sport venues or auditoriums during a university-sponsored events. Also, concealed handguns are not allowed in hospitals, and medical and mental health offices, including: Student Health Center, Veterinary Medical, Early Learning Center and speech and hearing clinics.

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