Subcommittee OKs bill allowing faculty to be armed on campus

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:16pm

A bill to let college professors carry pistols on campus was approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday.

The bill, which now goes to the full House Judiciary Committee, would make it legal for full-time faculty members at public colleges to go armed as long as they own a state handgun carry permit.

“I have seen victims of homicides, victims of robbery who had no other recourse but to run. I will never, ever on this committee or any other in this General Assembly make a vote that will prohibit someone from the ability to protect themselves,” Rep. Barrett Rich, R-Somerville, said.

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10 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 4/13/11 at 4:31

Not only should full time professors be allowed; all part-time professors should also.

And if the legislators were thinking positively today they would also give the students the right also. Murders on campus would be few and far between. With the number of service veterans on campus today it would be a much safer place for the students.

Actually, even for the legislators when they come onto campus.

By: HokeyPokey on 4/13/11 at 4:38

Murders on campus ARE few and far between.


By: yogiman on 4/13/11 at 6:48

One is too damn many, HokeyPokey.

When someone is looking for someone to kill (for whatever reason), they will stay away from places where they know their possible victims might be armed.

And how many legally armed citizens have you ever heard of murdering someone except in defense for themselves, or someone else?

By: govskeptic on 4/14/11 at 5:29

Guns on campus- OK: Wine in Grocery-bad, bad, bad. What a joke!

By: gdiafante on 4/14/11 at 5:58

If you have to be armed to go to work, and you're not employed in law enforcement, something is seriously wrong.

Of course the only recourse is to arm everyone.

I heard that there is a resolution being drafted to rename Nashville Dodge City.

I think Phuctardville is a better name.

By: HokeyPokey on 4/14/11 at 6:02

In other news: Metro police charge two in school bus shooting incident


By: treehugger7 on 4/14/11 at 6:36

Well, finally a jobs bill! At least the medical profession will have more jobs...Thinking that this is anything other than pandering is ridiculous! God, guns, and gobbletygook!
This is a solution in search of a problem. I personally am in search of someone in the legislature who understands what it means to legislate! And of course, a focus on jobs!

By: PhiDelt496 on 4/14/11 at 8:25


FIrst off, the boys who shot at the school today were NOT licensed to carry firearms anywhere in TN. Much less at a school. So I guess the fact that it is illegal only stops the law abiding citizens from carrying weapons on campuses. Also, if there had been a legally carrying citizen close by, Metro might have been save the expense of paying to prosecute this trash, and paying for their Public Defender as well. These scum dont deserve to ever walk the streets again. It is one thing to be young and make mistakes, (steal a car, get caught with drugs, or even a DUI) but to shoot into a loaded school bus show a blatent disregard for the LIVES of others and I dont believe that could ever be rehabilitated.

By: GUARDIAN on 4/14/11 at 8:53

GUARDIAN-It's about time. F.Y.I. I have taught weapons classes for over 35 years. Most big city Chiefs are politically correct liberal progressives. They have to be to get the job or to keep it so they can't tell the truth if they wanted to. The wrongful death shootings by police officers is a much bigger percentage than those by permit holders all over the country. Get a grip and face the truth. 99% of the time police officers investigate the crime of violence after the fact and that's the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I've taught civilian and LEO classes and still do so don't give me the argument "The group also said handgun carry permit holders don't have the "stressful shooting" training needed to handle dangerous situations" because it is a lie. Besides when seconds count police officers are only minutes away so if a criminal is a moment only a few seconds away from taking a life and you are a armed citizen with a handgun permit leave your gun where it is. A police officer will be there in five to ten minutes to mark off the body and tell you it's OK if you fail to save a life. "NOT"

By: Moonglow1 on 4/14/11 at 9:19

Moonglow1: is it the premise of the "intellectual" legislators that our college students have violence on their minds in contrast to actual learning. College campuses are the bastion of conflict Are they? Really? I would be shocked if our law enforcement community supports this folly. However as I have been saying with the likes of Sheila Butts (Aqua Net proves there is no climate change & Mae Beavers -long form birth certificate) why not guns on campus. These legislators actually cheer for anyone against science & for creationism. So gun versus focus on intellectual pursuits? Of course that is the TN way. Git us our guns. Git us our beer. We hate science. Yeah-climate change-naw.