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Tennessee: School Security Act of 2013 Passes Out of Committee

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Yesterday, the House Civil Justice Committee considered House Bill 6, the School Security Act of 2013, and by a voice vote, passed HB 6 in committee.  Sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), HB 6 was amended to allow a person employed or assigned to a Local Education Agency to possess and carry a firearm on the grounds of that school if they are current or former law enforcement.  The individual would also be required to have a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) and the written authorization of the director of schools.

Having an armed presence is the last line of defense from a future threat on our schoolchildren.  On multiple occasions, an armed security guard or faculty member has prevented a school shooting from either happening or becoming worse.  One of the most notable cases was Pearl High School in Mississippi in 1997.  A shooter who had already killed two and wounded seven was disarmed by the assistant principal, Joel Myrick, after Joel had retrieved his pistol from his truck.  Had an armed individual already been present, this incident could have ended much sooner.  Certainly another gun control law is not going to protect our school teachers or students. 

House Bill 6 has been referred to the House Education Committee and will be heard on Tuesday, April 9.  Its companion, Senate Bill 570, passed in the Senate Education Committee yesterday and is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 9.  Please contact members of both committees and politely urge them to support House Bill 6 and Senate Bill 570.

Contact information for House Education Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee is provided below:

House Education Committee considering HB 6:

Representative Harry Brooks (Chairman)
(615) 741-6879
[email protected]

Representative John Forgety (Vice-Chairman)
(615) 741-1725
[email protected]

Representative Kevin Brooks
(615) 741-1350
[email protected]

Representative John DeBerry Jr.
(615) 741-2239
[email protected]

Representative Lois DeBerry
(615) 741-3830
[email protected]

Representative Bill Dunn
(615) 741-1721
[email protected]

Representative Roger Kane
(615) 741-4110
[email protected]

Representative Ron Lollar
(615) 741-7084
[email protected]

Representative Harold Love, Jr.
(615) 741-3831
[email protected]

Representative Debra Moody
(615) 741-3774
[email protected]

Representative Joe Pitts
(615) 741-2043
[email protected]

Representative Dawn White
(615) 741-6849
[email protected]

Representative Mark White
(615) 741-4415
[email protected]

Representative Ryan Williams
(615) 741-1875
[email protected]

Senate Judiciary Committee considering SB 570:

Senator Brian Kelsey (Chairman)
615-741-3036
[email protected]

Senator Doug Overbey (First Vice Chairman)
615-741-0981
[email protected]

Senator Stacey Campfield (Second Vice Chairman)
615-741-1766
[email protected]

Senator Mike Bell
615-741-1946
[email protected]

Senator Lowe Finney
615-741-1810
[email protected]

Senator Ophelia Ford
615-741-1767
[email protected]

Senator Todd Gardenhire
615-741-6682
[email protected]

Senator Mark Green
615-741-2374
[email protected]

Senator John Stevens
(615) 741-4576
[email protected]

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