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Governor of Tennessee to Approve Bill Allowing Teachers to Carry Guns in Schools

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to sign a bill allowing school staff to carry concealed handguns on school grounds, citing the importance of giving districts tools to keep children safe. The legislation requires 40 hours of training specific to school policing and written authorization from law enforcement for staff carrying concealed firearms. The measure, passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, was criticized by Democrats like state Rep. Bo Mitchell, who questioned the effectiveness of adding more guns in response to school violence. Over half of states already permit teachers to carry guns on school premises.


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