The Tennessee General Assembly is due to temporarily adjourn this weekend because of Covid-19. While that may mean legislation to force colleges and universities to allow students 21+ to carry on campus is on hold – we ask constituents to continue contacting their lawmakers in opposition to this dangerous policy.
HB 2201/SB 2288 would allow students (ages 21 +)* to carry loaded, concealed handguns on many parts of Tennessee’s public colleges and universities. We need your help today to stop this legislation.
From 2001-2017 (According to the Dept. of Education – Clery data)
- 92% of TN post-secondary institutions reported less than 12 crimes per year (that’s less than 1 crime per month)
- 68% of TN post-secondary institutions reported zero crimes on campus
Suicide is a real concern impacting college age students
- In 2018, 63 young people (ages 18-24) died by suicide with a firearm in TN. This equates to 10.3 per 100,000 individuals this age group. The national average for the same age group is 8.1 per 100,000 people. (WISQARS – CDC 2018)
Thanks for taking action.
*In 2016, TN enacted legislation to allow full-time college and university employees in possession of a concealed weapons permit the ability to carry on campus in limited places after registering with campus law enforcement.