Bell bill requires gun policy at private schools

Private schools — both K-12 and college level — would be required to adopt a policy on carrying guns on their property under legislation filed by Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville. It’s SB1559, filed Monday.

From the Tennessean’s report (which includes mention of other gun-related legislation):

Although Bell’s legislation would not require a private school to allow all qualified people the ability to bring their guns into a building, it would mandate the school’s chief officer to create a policy. The private institutions are given the ability to decide who is allowed to carry a weapon on the premises.

Bell said his legislation closes a gap that exists, pointing to the fact that the state pays for security at the University of Tennessee yet a private institution is not able to hire a private security company.

“It treats private schools like private businesses,” Bell said.