Neither the governor nor the Lt. Gov. support a push to open college campus to carry-permit holders.
Ramsey has it backwards. Allow anyone that has permits to carry on ALL Government(public) property Especially Schools (not jails or courts). And Leave Private Business's property alone. Private property is PRIVATE and we need to keep Big Brother Government out of it as mush as possible.
The Lt. Governor has a realistic view of the situation with respect to Firearms legislation. With the perception of the "Top Management" of the current Republican Party regarding firearms issues, Ramsey is doing what he can. Earlier in the session, it become apparent that legislation bearing on firearms was not going to be a priority of the Governor or the Leadership in the House. I would suggest that communication with his office has shown that "Parking Lot Bill" to be the single most referenced issue. I believe that he is doing his best to at least get that issue passed, knowing that there is a finite amount of political capital to be expended in the session with regards to firearms issues.
I can remember when he carried the Handgun Carry Bill as a Senator. In my view, there is no stronger supporter of the gun owner in Tennessee Government. I wish he had a magic wand to wave and give us all that we want and desire, but that is not the case, one man can not force the passage of any particular issue.
I suspect that Ron Ramsey probably has received more than just a few clues from campus police chiefs that Tennessee campus police units are being trained to respond to campus shooter incidences (that is to say, arriving to a campus shooting call and finding a non-uniformed person or persons on scene and brandishing weapons) with a "...kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out" tactical response.
The Right To Keep and Bear Arms?
Why does one's right to keep and bear arms not apply on college campuses?
Governors Ramsey and Haslam are for gun control?!?! Imagine that, didn't see it coming. /sarcasm
No one requires that a person attend a Tennessee college or university. If you want to go to a college campus that resembles Baghdad on a Friday night, that is your right. But the people of Tennessee, through their elected representatives, believe in the need to keep guns out of certain places. Nothing in the US or Tennessee Constitutions grants the unlimited right of an individual to own a 155mm cannon or a bazooka. Similarly the right to reasonable restrictions on where guns can be carried exists.
For the umpteenth time, Constitutions don't grant rights. They grant powers to and place restrictions on government.
The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by the government. That's very simple language.
The right to "keep and bear arms" and everyday carrying without purpose are two different things Matt! Quote the whole thing sir, it is "in order to keep a well regulated Militia". Otherwise there would be no legal way ANYONE could keep you from carrying anywhere at anytime; courts, schools, church, police station, political rally's!
Carrying IS bearing
And the militia means every able bodied individual.
Militia's are organized for the purpose of defense and activated in times of need or emergency, like the National Guard. Bearing, in this instance, is "going armed for a specific necessary purpose" not just carrying a Saturday Night Special in your waist.