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School Districts in Tennessee can Officially Allow Teachers to Conceal Carry Guns

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has officially signed the legislation that would allow school districts to permit teachers to conceal carry on school grounds.

The measure, which garnered significant backlash from teachers and parents—including Covenant families—ultimately passed along party lines despite repeated attempted amendments proposed by Democrats.

According to the amended bill, teachers would be able to carry concealed firearms if they meet specific requirements, including submitting their fingerprints, passing a background check and psychological evaluation, and taking 40 hours of firearms training related to school security.

Additionally, they would only be able to carry on school grounds if their specific principal and their director of schools enter a memorandum of understanding with their local law enforcement agency. Without the MOU, no teachers would be allowed to carry under the terms of the law.