Haslam, Ramsey Oppose Campus Gun Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are working against a bill to allow faculty and staff to carry guns on the campuses of Tennessee’s public universities.

But the two Republicans have arrived at that position for different reasons.

Haslam says he wants to leave it up to administrators at each school to decide whether to allow guns to be carried, while Ramsey says he doesn’t want the proposal to dominate media attention while several other important initiatives are pending before lawmakers.

The measure is also opposed by both higher education systems and by the state police chiefs’ association.

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.