Nebraska and Tennessee Take Steps to Arm Teachers in Schools

In the last few weeks both Nebraska and Tennessee have signed new bills into law which effectively allow school districts and administrators to allow staff to carry concealed at school.

In Nebraska each school district will write their own policy which will determine the specifics of required training and other policies while in Tennessee the state has set the standards which include:

  • Have an enhanced carry permit
  • Get written authorization from the superintendent, principal, and the chief of the appropriate LE agency
  • Complete 40 hours of basic training in school policing and 40 hours of Peace Officer's Standards and Training commission-approved training that is specific to school policing each year at the educator's expense
  • Complete a background check
  • Undergo a psychological exam

Those standards are high however I feel its a step in the write direction.

These bills do not apply to guests or students. Carry on campus by either remains prohibited.

Learn more by reading the full bills at these links:

Nebraska: LB1329

Tennessee: SB1325

About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Richard Goldman on May 1, 2024 at 1:29 pm

    My only objection is the requirement that the educator pay for the training. When teachers receive training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the district picks up the cost for this useless indoctrination. Teachers trained to saving school lives is worth a lot more.

    • Joey Cavaleri on May 3, 2024 at 4:09 pm

      I’m thinking that community funding could be set up to offset the cost of the educator paying the for the required training.

  2. Richard Goldman on May 1, 2024 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry for the grammatical error. “Teachers trained to save school lives are worth a lot more.”

  3. Gary Lange on May 1, 2024 at 10:46 pm

    In Hamilton county Tennessee, where I reside, the county school superintendent has said he will not recommend arming any person in any Hamilton county school. So that was kind of a waste of the legislature!

    • Clark Kent on May 2, 2024 at 11:40 pm

      So the decision of ONE school district means the bill was a ‘waste of the legislature’? Are there only two school districts or counties in Tennessee?

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