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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Please Contact the Members of the House Judiciary Committee Today!

On Wednesday, March 10 the House Judiciary Criminal Practice Sub-Committee passed House Bill 3125 by a vote of 4-2.  This legislation will now be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.

HB3125, with an NRA-backed amendment, would enable 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.  HB3125, introduced by State Representative Curry Todd (R-95), was filed in response to Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman’s ruling last November.  The current law was ruled as being unconstitutionally vague because of a perceived ambiguity over the state’s definition of restaurants.  This bill, with the NRA-backed amendment, will fix any ambiguity. 

NRA-ILA would like to thank the of the members of the House Judiciary Criminal Practice Sub-Committee for their hard work on HB3125.

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB3125.  Contact information for the committee can be found below. 

State Representative Kent Coleman (D-49), Chair
Phone:  (615) 741-6829
Email:  rep.kent.coleman@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Jon Lundberg (R-1), Vice Chair
Phone:  (615) 741-7623
Email:  rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Janis Sontany (D-53), Secretary
Phone:  (615) 741-6861
Email:  rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Eddie Bass (D-65)
Phone:  (615) 741-1864
Email:   rep.eddie.bass@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Karen Camper (D-87)
Phone:  (615) 741-1898
Email:  rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Jim Coley (R-97)
Phone:  (615) 741-8201
Email:  rep.jim.coley@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Vance Dennis (R-71)
Phone:  (615) 741-2190
Email:  rep.vance.dennis@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Henry Fincher (D-42)
Phone:  (615) 741-1875
Email:  rep.henry.fincher@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Judd Matheny (R-47)
Phone:  (615) 741-7448
Email:  rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Barrett Rich (R-94)
Phone:  (615) 741-6890
Email:  rep.barrett.rich@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Mike Stewart (D-52)
Phone:  (615) 741-2184
Email:  rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Eric Watson (R-22)
Phone:  (615) 741-7799
Email:  rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov

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