Mass shooting prompts bill about Tenn. college staffers carrying guns

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A deadly mass shooting at an Oregon community college last fall prompted bill that is scheduled to be heard Tuesday in a Tennessee Senate Committee.

The measure would allow faculty and staff at state higher education facilities, such as Middle Tennessee State University or Nashville State Community College, to carry properly permitted weapons on campus.

The measure was proposed by Senator Mike Bell of East Tennessee within days of the October shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, where a gunman killed nine people before shooting himself.

MORE: Umpqua Community College shooting

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but higher education officials have signaled they hope for a compromise.

A compromise might include additional training for permit holders that would mimic a live shooter situation.

A school knowing who had permitted weapons and where might also be part of the compromise.

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