College senior’s armed graduation photo goes viral

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A student’s graduation photo in Chattanooga featuring her presenting a concealed handgun has elicited strong reactions from online.

Brenna Spencer, 22, a senior at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, tweeted the photo with the caption, “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…,” on April 7.

The post has received mixed responses from gun rights-proponents, some applauding the use of her Constitutional rights while others questioned the reasoning behind it.

In response to criticism, Spencer said, “Because I’m proud of my second amendment right and I want to empower other women! Absolutely they are tools but I will always brag about being able to carry a gun to protect myself, my friends and my family!”

It was taken on a terrace at the Hunter Museum of Art. The museum told WTVC that they have a no-gun policy that applies both inside and outside the property, They said the picture, “doesn’t appear to comply with the policy.” Monday afternoon they updated the gun policy signs posted on the front door to comply with changes made to state law this year.

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