Bill would allow guns in off-campus areas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that would allow guns in off-campus areas used by schools has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville was approved 26-5 on Monday.

Currently, it’s an offense to carry a weapon on any property owned, used or operated by any school, college or university.

Green’s proposal would remove that prohibition.

Democratic Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis was among the dissenting votes. He said such a measure would allow lawful gun owners to bring firearms to sporting events like football and baseball games.

The companion bill in the House initially failed when it did not receive a second in the civil justice subcommittee. But Republican Rep. Debra Moody of Covington has put the bill back on notice for another vote on Wednesday.