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Tennessee’s Campus Carry Law officially goes into effect today, allowing full-time MTSU employees with valid permits to carry concealed handguns on campus property.
The Campus Carry law was passed in May and affects all 46 of Tennessee’s public universities and higher education institutions including MTSU, University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University.
Student representatives from both MTSU and Austin Peay State University voiced concerns with guns being allowed on campus before the bill was passed into law earlier this year. In February, MTSU’s SGA voted to officially oppose the Campus Carry bill fearing that it would hinder campus safety and confuse campus police in an active shooter situation.
In order for full-time faculty with conceal carry permits to carry on campus, they must prove they do not have student status and register with campus police, according to an MTSU Public Service Announcement that was sent to the student body yesterday.
After acquiring a legal permit and becoming registered, MTSU employees who choose to carry will be required to keep their handgun concealed and with them at all times.
Students with concealed carry permits will not be allowed to carry firearms onto campus under Tennessee’s Campus Carry law.
Visit here to learn more about MTSU’s firearm policy.