Yesterday, Governor Haslam announced that he will allow Senate Bill 2376 to become law without his signature. SB 2376, sponsored by Senator Mike Bell and Representative Andy Holt, passed in the Senate with a 28-5 vote and in the House with a 69-24 vote. This important self-defense legislation will permit full-time employees of state public colleges or universities to carry a handgun while on property owned, operated, or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit. Senate Bill 2376 will go into effect on July 1, 2016.
Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters that contacted their lawmakers and urged them to support this legislation. Your continued contact with the legislators and the Governor was imperative to the success of this legislation and your NRA-ILA's efforts to promote and defend your Second Amendment rights in Tennessee.