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Guns in schools bill goes to Gov. Haslam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The controversial bill to allow teachers and other school employees to carry guns in schools has passed both houses of the Tennessee State Legislature.

All it needs is Gov. Bill Haslam's signature to become law. This bill has some very interesting amendments added on to it. The bill was crafted in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It was originally written to allow teachers and other school employees to carry weapons on school grounds. But, amendments greatly changed the perimeters of the bill.

One amendment restricts who can carry to current and former law enforcement officers who get an additional 40 hours of training.

Also, it is to remain private who is carrying a weapon on school grounds.

State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) says the final version isn't good for anyone.

"So parents who want firearms in schools have been duped by this bill, because no one is actually going to participate in the program but parents who don't want teachers carrying guns in the classrooms," he said.

Sen. Kelsey voted against the bill, but it passed and goes now to the governor's desk.

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