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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Guns in Schools in Tennessee.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 13 May

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Guns in Schools in Tennessee

Tennessee prohibits the carrying, whether openly or concealed and with the intent to go armed, of any firearm that is not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution.

Moreover, no person may possess or carry any firearm, whether openly or concealed, that is not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution. Notwithstanding this prohibition, adults who are not students may possess a firearm if contained within a private vehicle operated by the adult and it is not handled by the adult or by any other person acting with the expressed or implied consent of such adult, while the vehicle is on school property.

Chief administrators of a public or private school must display in prominent locations at the school a sign, at least six inches high and fourteen inches wide, stating:

FELONY. STATE LAW PRESCRIBES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF SIX (6) YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND A FINE NOT TO EXCEED THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($3,000) FOR CARRYING WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY…

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