Apparently, "controversial" now means the few journalists who disagree, have their panties in a wad . . .
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. . . since the law passed by veto-proof majorities in both houses.
"The law, which allows full-time employees to carry concealed handguns, protects higher education institutions from monetary liability for handgun use. Those who want to carry guns on campus have to notify law enforcement and have a valid conceal carry permit. According to the Tennessean, handguns can’t be brought into stadiums or gymnasiums, and the law doesn’t allow students to carry handguns on campus.
Faculty and staff also can’t carry concealed handguns in meetings for discussing disciplinary or tenure issues, or into hospitals, according to the Associated Press."
First let me say, concealed handgun license holders are the safest, most law abiding large group of people in any state. Police have far more incidents of criminality.
Second, this law is a good tentative start but it does not go nearly far enough.
Third, all venues, or properties which are open to the public but do not allow concealed carry under the state license should be strictly liable for the protection of everyone within the location who is proscribed from self defense. This is to say all injuries or deaths related to a self defense event would be the absolute liability of the property owner. This should include all public buildings including courthouses. Further all such entities shall carry insurance to cover this strict, and absolute liability.
Then let the chips fall where they may. Property owners who wish to limit legal concealed carry on premises, would have to put their insurance money where there mouths were, and the insurers would undoubtedly require lots of highly trained professionals to ensure no self defense events occurred.
This would address the Governors concerns, level the playing field, and address the concerns of the Legislature.