‘Guns for Judges’ Bill Wins Final Approval

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would allow Tennessee judges to carry guns in courtrooms is headed to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.
The measure (HB2039) sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville unanimously passed the Senate 28-0 Friday night. The House version was approved 87-8 earlier this month.
Currently, any law enforcement officer can carry a firearm at all times and anywhere in the state.
The proposal allows judges to carry during their judicial duties as long as they go through the same weapons training required of officers, including a 16-hour safety course and annual eight-hour refresher courses.

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