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Tennessee: Restaurant Carry Awaiting Action by Governor Bredesen

Friday, May 14, 2010

On May 5, the Tennessee State House moved to adopt Senate Bill 3012 in place of House Bill 3125, by a vote of 66 to 31.  SB3012 is currently awaiting consideration by Governor Phil Bredesen (D).

Sponsored by State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25) and by State Representative Curry Todd (R-95), SB3012 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.  Alcohol consumption would be prohibited and violation would result in the loss of a permit for three years.  SB3012 also clearly defines posting provisions.  This legislation was filed in response to a court ruling last November.  The previously enacted law was held to be unconstitutionally vague because of a perceived ambiguity over the state’s definition of restaurants.  SB3012 will fix any ambiguity.  

Governor Bredesen has until Tuesday, May 18 to take action on this legislation.  Please contact Governor Bredesen and urge him to sign SB3012.  He can be reached by phone at (615) 741-2001 or by e-mail at Phil.Bredesen@tn.gov.

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