Friday, February 23, 2018

Proposed Legislation Could Arm Teachers Across Tennessee

LINDEN, TN- An amendment to a little known Tennesse law could allow teachers to be armed across the state.
In 2017, State Representative David Byrd and Senator Joey Hensley proposed and passed a law that would give authorization of employee of two counties to carry a concealed weapon on school property.

The law currently only applies to Pickett and Wayne County.

In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, Byrd said he had been approached by several legislators to amend his bill to make it open to all counties in Tennessee.

Today, State Representative David Byrd reached out to WOPC HD News and said that he has filed an amendment to his bill.

According to Byrd, the new version would be open to all counties. School systems could train 1 teacher for every 75 students. The new bill would allow law enforcement agency or private instructors to train staff, the older version only allowed for law enforcement. Insurance has prohibited several law enforcement agencies from the training staff.

Byrd says that the bill has been opposed by the Tennessee Sheriffs Association.

The bill passed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday which is the first hurdle.

This is a developing story.