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Tennessee: School Security House Bill Goes to House Floor, Senate Bill Pending in Committee

Friday, April 12, 2013

Yesterday, House Bill 6, the School Security Act of 2013, passed in the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee by a voice vote.  HB 6 now goes to the Calendar and Rules Committee to be placed on the House floor calendar.  A vote on this crucial school security legislation could come early next weekPlease contact your state Representative today and respectfully urge him or her to vote for HB 6.  Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

Sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), HB 6 would 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 to 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 Myrick had retrieved his pistol from his truck.  Had an armed individual already been present, this incident could have ended much sooner.  Certainly, another misguided and ineffective gun control law is not going to protect our school teachers or students.

The companion to HB 6, Senate Bill 570, recently passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6 to 2 vote and has been referred to the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee where it is scheduled for consideration on Monday, April 15.  Please contact members of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee and politely urge them to support Senate Bill 570.  Contact information for these Committee members is provided below.

Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee:

Senator Randy McNally (Chairman)
(615) 741-6806
[email protected]

Senator Douglas Henry (Chairman Emeritus)
(615) 741-3291
[email protected]

Senator Bo Watson (1st Vice-Chairman)
(615) 741-3227
[email protected]

Senator Doug Overbey (2nd Vice-Chairman)
(615) 741-0981
[email protected]

Senator Steven Dickerson
(615) 741-6679
[email protected]

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

Senator Ferrell Haile
(615) 741-1999
[email protected]

Senator Joey Hensley
(615) 741-3100
[email protected]

Senator Bill Ketron
(615) 741-6853
[email protected]

Senator Jim Kyle
(615) 741-4167
[email protected]

Senator Mark Norris
(615) 741-1967
[email protected]

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