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Tennessee passes bill to let teachers carry guns, a year after mass shooting

The Tennessee legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would allow teachers and school staffers to carry concealed handguns in schools, one of the most divisive steps taken by Republican leaders in the year since six people were killed by a shooter at a Nashville school.

The House approved the measure as protesters shouted objections, nearly drowning out the proceedings with chants of "Not one more kid!" At least one person was kicked out of the gallery by House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R).

The bill's passage, following earlier approval by the state Senate, marked another turbulent moment in the state's debate over firearms and school safety, as parents lobbying for gun-control measures again came up against the GOP supermajority.


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