New Tennessee laws include wine in groceries, guns on campus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Starting on Friday, consumers will be able to buy wine in Tennessee supermarkets, professors and staff will be able to be armed on the campuses of public colleges and universities and drivers will be subject to stricter penalties for texting on the road.

Many bills passed by lawmakers this year took effect upon being signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, but others were linked to the start of the new budget year on July 1.

The campus carry bill was the result of heavy negations between gun-rights advocates and higher education officials who opposed allowing more weapons on campus.

The law keeps gun bans in place for stadiums or gymnasiums while school-sponsored events are in progress; meetings where disciplinary issues are being discussed; and day care centers on campus.

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