A referendum was held last week showing 55 percent of UT Martin students opposed the resolution, but it was passed 10-7 by the Student Government Association Senate and was waiting signature from SGA President Jordan Long.
Long says he signed the bill to allow students to exercise their rights as well as keep UTMartin ahead of the national curve.
UT Martin SGA President Jordon Long says, “While I do take into opinion of students, the referendum, other faculty and alumni, I believe that students are granted the right if they so choose, to conceal carry on campus. Over 20 percent of the country has passed laws concerning students right to conceal carry on campus in favor of it, so were just ahead of the game as Tennessee schools go.
Concealed carry is still illegal on school grounds per Tennessee state law but supports of this campus resolution say the this will help signal to state lawmakers that they want to change the policy statewide.