The School Security Act, House Bill 6, was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam (R) on May 13. Sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), HB 6 provides more protection for children and staff during school hours. HB 6 was amended multiple times during this legislative session and was finally agreed upon by the Tennessee House and Senate to allow a person employed or assigned to a Local Education Agency to possess and carry a firearm on the grounds of that school if they are current or former law enforcement. This individual would also be required to have a handgun carry permit (HCP) and the written authorization of the director of schools. This law will take effect on July 1, 2013.
Thank you to Representative Watson, all state legislators who voted for this important reform and Governor Haslam for supporting the protection of our schools and children with this law.