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Tennessee: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Introduced in the Legislature

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today, February 17, the Tennessee Legislature introduced NRA-drafted House Bill 1668 and companion bill Senate Bill 1768, the Tennessee Gun Owners Improvement Act.  Sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47) and state Senator Bill Ketron (R-13), HB 1668/SB 1768 would improve upon the current Tennessee Permit Law by cleaning up redundancies that are found in Federal Law and remove unnecessary restrictions placed on law-abiding citizens. 

HB 1668 would:

  • Allow gun owners to lawfully store firearms in their privately-owned and locked vehicle while parked in publicly accessible parking lots controlled by their employer or a business that they frequent.  The bill would not affect a situation in which firearms were banned from the premises, as a matter of state or federal law, or in which the vehicle had no authority to be on the property in the first place.
  • Strengthen current firearm preemption laws by prohibiting local government entities from banning firearms outside “buildings” under their control or in private vehicles.  It would also fix the local parks provision and eliminate the patchwork of laws across the state by invalidating existing ordinances, rules, or other provisions that would conflict with the state firearm preemption law.
  • Create provisions that would prevent the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) from using the fees charged for background checks as a general revenue source and limit the fees to no more than what it costs to run the background check system.
  • Require TBI to destroy records pertaining to an approved firearm transfer by the end of the business day on which the background check occurred and prohibit the duplication, transfer, or reproduction of such records while moving up the date of issuing permits from 90 days to 45 days.
  • Prohibit public or private landlords from enacting lease clauses that ban firearms from a lessee’s residential or business premises.
  • Repeal the general bans on the carrying of handguns by those with permits in refuges, public hunting areas, or wildlife management areas that are located within the boundaries of a state park or state natural area.
  • Codify the Fraudulent Firearms Prevention Act and stop private sting operations by cronies of anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
  • Repeal over-reaching disqualifiers for a carry permit including to those who have had their rights restored, bringing Tennessee in line with current federal standards.
  • Clarify a posting provision for school buildings and grounds from where firearms are banned.

Your NRA will continue to update you on HB 1668 and SB 1768 as they progress through the Tennessee Legislature.

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Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects ...

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

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