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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Guns on campus" is legal now

The last few weeks you may have been hearing some loud wailing and   gnashing of teeth about the guns in trunks in parking lots bill. Democrats and The campuses are all up in arms "It will be a gunfight when ever a kid gets a bad grade or if the university ever has to  discipline/ fire someone."  Or "If Tennessee doesn't score in a game someone will go to their car, get a gun and shoot  a referee".

The facts that the guns in trunks legislation has set the standard traditionally at hand gun carry permit holders and possibly those with a hunting license for the right to keep guns in trunks of their cars  does not dissuade them. Still they keep shouting  "Allowing guns in trunks on campus would be a disaster!!"   

I hate to let them down but guns are already allowed by law in cars on campus. Not only that but there is no standard as to who is allowed to keep their guns in their car. That's right, currently you don't even have to be a carry permit holder or have a hunting license.  

Those who have been fighting to "keep guns off campus" are really fighting to create a new ban on where guns are already allowed. 

Here is the current code. 39-17-1309

(c) (1) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any firearm, not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or

university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private 
educational institution. It is not an offense under this subsection (c) for a nonstudent adult to possess a firearm, if the firearm is contained within a private vehicle operated by the adult and is not handled by the adult, or by any other person acting with the expressed or implied consent of the adult, while the vehicle is on school property.

I have checked with the legal team in the legislature and they agree that "School property"  does cover universities. Legal also said any current campus ban would have no impact on the above law.

1 comment:

  1. The only question I have is where can I lock it up at when I ride my motorcycle?


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