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Two Tennessee Pro-Gun Bills Move Forward

Friday, March 19, 2010

On Tuesday, March 16, the House Judiciary Committee passed two important pro-gun bills.

House Bill 3125 was passed by a vote of 8-4.  HB3125 will now head to the House Finance 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 a court ruling last November.  The current law was held to be 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. 

House Bill 1808, sponsored by State Representative Ben West (D-60), extends from 60 to 90 days the amount of time that a permit holder has to notify the Tennessee Department of Safety that the handgun permit holder's address has changed.  The bill now heads to the floor for consideration.   

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote for HB1808 and HB3125 with the NRA-backed amendment.  Contact information for your State Representative can be found here.

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