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Tennessee Legislature Wraps-Up 2010 Session

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Tennessee General Assembly’s 2010 Session adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 10.  A few days prior to adjournment, the Assembly overrode Governor Phil Bredesen’s (D) veto of Senate Bill 3012. 

Sponsored by State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25) and State Representative Curry Todd (R-95), SB 3012, effective June 4, allows 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. 

In a strong affirmation of our Second Amendment rights, the Tennessee Legislature worked diligently this session to successfully pass several pro-gun measures into law. 

House Bill 2376, authored by State Representative David Shepard (D-69) and State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25), prohibits the destruction of confiscated firearms and requires them to be auctioned off or sold to a federally licensed firearms dealer.  Proceeds from the sale of these firearms are to be used for the benefit of local law enforcement agencies.  HB 2376 went into effect April 12.

House Bill 770, sponsored by State Representative Mike Turner (D-51), allows law-abiding permit holders to carry of a firearm for self-defense during the bow-hunting season.  State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25) carried the companion legislation, Senate Bill 842.  HB 770 goes into effect July 1.

Senate Joint Resolution 30 proposes an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution recognizing citizens’ right to hunt and fish.  It provides truly meaningful protections against the anti-hunting activists who seek to ban all hunting in America.  The ultimate adoption of this constitutional amendment would preserve Tennessee’s rich hunting and fishing traditions for generations to come.  SJR 30 will be placed on the ballot this November.

Thank you to all of the NRA members who took the time to contact their Tennessee legislators this session.  Without you, these victories would not have been possible.

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