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Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Private School Handgun Bill

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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

New legislation has been introduced for the upcoming general session that would allow private schools in Tennessee to create a policy for allowing handguns on campus.

House Bill 1631 (HB1631), sponsored by State Representative Gino Bulso (R-Brentwood-District 61), clarifies that “a private school serving students in any of the grades pre-K through 12 is authorized to adopt a handgun carry policy for the private school’s property.”

This is not Bulso’s first attempt at passing similar legislation.

He initially proposed a similar law during the 2023 session after the shooting at Covenant School. The amendment did not advance, although the Tennessee Attorney General’s office stated that private schools did have that option if it was adopted into law.

Bulso then filed the legislation again for the special summer session. While the bill was passed on first consideration in the House, the Senate did not pick it up.

Because bills from the summer session are not automatically carried over to the next general session, Bulso has filed the legislation again as the 2024 session gets underway.

Current Tennessee law does not allow firearms to be carried on public property.

If passed, the law would go into effect immediately.

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