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Three NRA-Backed Bills Are Signed By Gov. Bredesen!

Monday, June 23, 2003

Last week, Governor Bredesen (D), signed into law three NRA-backed bills. HB 452/SB 128, sponsored Sen. Doug Jackson (D-25) and Reps. H.E. Bittle (R-14) and Ben West (D-60), provides full recognition of concealed handgun permits issued by other states. HB 1624/SB 1658, sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris (R-32) and Rep. Ben West (D-60), requires processing of all paperwork by chief law enforcement officers associated with the transfer of a firearm regulated by the National Firearms Act within 15 business days. This will prevent these officers from arbitrarily denying transfers. HB 1606/ SB 1008, sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris (R-32) and Rep. Ben West (D-60), authorizes the renewal of a concealed handgun permit up to six months after it has expired, with no penalty incurred and only a standard renewal fee of $50.00 charged. Under current law, these permit holders must go through the process as if they are a new applicant, requiring that they undergo training and pay a $115 fee. Please contact your Representative and thank him for support. You can find contact information using the "Write Your Representatives" feature.

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