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Pro-Gun Bills Defeated in Tennessee Committee

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The following NRA-backed bills died Wednesday, April 2 in the House Judiciary Criminal Practice and Procedure Sub-Committee.  This was the final meeting for the sub-committee during the 2008 session.

House Bill 702, sponsored by State Representative Joe McCord (R-08), would have allowed a person who has a valid Right-to-Carry permit to carry a firearm into restaurants where alcohol may be served, as long as the permit holder is not consuming alcohol or is not otherwise prohibited by posting provisions. This important Right-to-Carry reform measure passed the State Senate by a vote of 24 to 6 in January.

House Bill 3137, sponsored by State Representative Eddie Bass (D-65) and State Representative Mike Bell (R-23), would have restricted public access to the records of concealed Right-to-Carry permit holders and prohibits their publication.

House Bill 3153, sponsored by State Representative Jim Cobb (R-31), would have established by rule how the state is to implement the federal “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004,” relative to the carrying of firearms by qualified and retired law enforcement officers.  

House Bill 3683, sponsored by State Representative Matthew Hill (R-07), would have reduced the Right-to-Carry permit application fee from $115 to $100. The current fee is one of the most expensive in the country and is aiding the Tennessee Department of Safety’s five million dollar surplus.

Please continue to check www.NRAILA.org as we plan on attacking these bills once again during next year’s legislative session.

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