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Tennessee: Permit Confidentiality Moved to Committee Hearing Next Week

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 108, legislation to keep confidential all information on those residents who possess a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (HCP), was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but was postponed until next week’s Committee hearing.  This privacy protection legislation recently passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives by a bipartisan 84 to 10 vote.

Senate Bill 108 would make confidential, and not open for public inspection, all information pertaining to a handgun carry permit application or renewal application and the status of a handgun carry permit.  Tennesseans deserve the same protections that residents in 36 other states already enjoy due to Right-to-Carry confidentiality laws in place.

The privacy of handgun carry permit holders’ information is essential for the protection of law-abiding gun owners in the Volunteer State.  Recently, in New York, there have been several instances of anti-gun media outlets publishing the names and addresses of handgun carry permit holders, and even providing an interactive map that showed exactly where carry permit holders live.

It is important that you continue contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tell them of the importance of keeping all HCP information private and urge them to vote for SB 108.  Contact information for Committee members is provided below.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Brian Kelsey (Chairman)
615-741-3036
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Doug Overbey (First Vice Chairman)
615-741-0981
sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Stacey Campfield (Second Vice Chairman)
615-741-1766
sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Mike Bell
615-741-1946
sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Lowe Finney
615-741-1810
sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Ophelia Ford
615-741-1767
sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Todd Gardenhire
615-741-6682
sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov

Senator Mark Green
615-741-2374
sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov

Senator John Stevens
(615) 741-4576
sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

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