Bill Would Let Private Schools Decide On Guns

Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 17:46:51-05

Legislation has advanced on Capitol Hill that would let private school administrators implement a handgun carry rule.

The measure passed a House Education committee Tuesday. It would affect private K-12 schools.

The administrative officer at each school would be able to implement the policy. It would either allow or stop a person who has a handgun carry permit from carrying on the school grounds or in the buildings of the school. 

“The language of the bill does actually limit it to carry permit holders, so they do need to still have that carry permit in order to be able to exercise this right,” said State Representative Tilman Goins, a Republican from Morristown. “If that private school wants to let that headmaster go armed or if they want to have whoever go armed then by all means let them,” Goins said.

The bill was sent to the House Finance Committee for consideration. It was also scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee late Tuesday.