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Restaurant Carry Bill Takes a Step Forward in Tennessee!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Please Stand Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

Today, the House Judiciary Voted 8-4 to pass House Bill 2694, NRA-backed legislation, sponsored by State Representative Vance Dennis (R-71).  HB2694 was filed as an alternative to House Bill 3125.

HB3125, also NRA-supported, would enable a person who has a valid Right-to-Carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense 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.  Introduced by State Representative Curry Todd (R-95), HB3125 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.  HB3125 would fix any ambiguity.  HB3125 is currently tied up in the House Finance Ways and Means Budget Sub-Committee, despite having a positive fiscal impact. 

HB2694, similar to HB3125, repeals the current prohibition on Tennessee permit holders from carrying in a restaurant that serves alcohol as long as the permit holder is not consuming alcohol.  HB2694 does not have a significant fiscal impact and now heads to the House Calendars and Rules Committee, where it will be scheduled for a floor vote.  While HB2694 does not contain the posting provisions included in HB3125, it is still an important step toward passing restaurant carry legislation.  The movement of HB2694 should send a strong message to anti-gun legislators that the use of ambiguous arguments and political scheming should not be used to inhibit our Second Amendment rights.

Senate Bill 3012, sponsored by State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25), is the companion bill to HB3125 and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, April 6.

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB2694.  Also, please continue to contact the members of the House Budget Sub-Committee and urge them to pass HB3125.  Contact information for your State Representative can be found by clicking here.  Contact information for the Sub-Committee can be found below.

Speaker Kent Williams (R-4)
(615) 741-7450
speaker.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov  

State Representative Harry Tindell(D-13), Chair
(615) 741-2031
rep.harry.tindell@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Charles Sargent (R-61), Vice Chair
(615) 741-6808
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Joe Armstrong (D-15)
(615) 741-0768
rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov  

State Representative Lois DeBerry (D-91)
(615) 741-3830
rep.lois.deberry@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-82)
(615) 741-2134
rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov


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tate Representative Michael Harrison (R-9)
(615) 741-7480
rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Steve McDaniel (R-72)
(615) 741-0750
rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Richard Montgomery (R-12)
(615) 741-5981
rep.richard.montgomery@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Jason Mumpower (R-3)
(615) 741-2050
rep.jason.mumpower@capitol.tn.gov

State Representative Jimmy Naifeh (D-81)
(615) 741-3774
spk.eme.jimmy.naifeh@capitol.tn.gov


S
tate Representative Gary Odom (D-55)
(615) 741-4410
rep.gary.odom@capitol.tn.gov


S
tate Representative Dennis Roach (R-35)
(615) 741-2534
rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Donna Rowland (R-34)
(615) 741-2804
rep.donna.rowland@capitol.tn.gov


State Representative Johnny Shaw (D-80)
(615) 741-4538
rep.johnny.shaw@capitol.tn.gov


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