(BREAKING NEWS) – The Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill this afternoon permitting teachers to carry a firearm in public schools in Tennessee.

The bill passed 68-28-2.

It now heads to Governor Bill Lee’s desk for his signature to become law.

As soon as the final vote was cast for the bill, the gallery erupted from visitors with chants of “Blood on your hands” and “Vote them out” by those gathered.

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton had both galleries cleared of visitors, including members of the press.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Ryan Williams, would permit teachers to carry concealed handguns on campus if they meet certain requirements.

The bill indicates parents wouldn’t know which teachers are armed. Student resource officers in the schools would know which teachers are carrying.

It states liability would be on the staff member, not the district or school if the firearm is used. Teachers approved to carry a firearm must either keep it concealed at all times.

Part-time school employees or substitute teachers will not be allowed to carry a firearm in a school.

Among the requirements is a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between local law enforcement, the school district, and the particular school principal.

If the three agree to an MOU, then teachers and staff members in that specific school would be required to meet more requirements such as submitting to a background check, passing a psychological evaluation, and receiving 40 hours of firearms training.

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