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Tennessee: Restaurant Carry Reform Bill Advancing!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Please Stand Up and Make Your Voices Heard!

Today, Wednesday, April 7, House Bill 3125 passed the House Finance, Ways, and Means Budget Sub-Committee by a vote of 8-7.  This legislation now heads to the full committee for consideration.

HB3125, with an NRA-backed amendment, would enable a person who has a valid Right-to-Carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense in restaurants where alcohol may be served, as long as the permit holder is not consuming alcohol or is not otherwise prohibited by posting provisions.  Sponsored by State Representative Curry Todd (R-95), HB3125 was filed in response to a court ruling last November.  The 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. 

Please thank Speaker Kent Williams for his active participation in moving this bill forward.  Speaker Williams can be reached at (615) 741-7450 or speaker.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov.

Also, please contact members of the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and urge them to support HB3125.  Contact information for the committee can be found here.

Senate Bill 3012, authored by State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25), is the companion bill to HB3125 and is still on notice in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Due to a lengthy agenda, the Senate Judiciary is anticipating hearing SB3012 on Tuesday, April 13 or Wednesday, April 14.  SB3012 is currently listed as item #38.

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