NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns with Second Amendment Victories

Friday, April 26, 2013

The 108th General Assembly of Tennessee adjourned sine die on Friday, April 19.  Tennesseans experienced quite a few victories this legislative session that protect the Second Amendment, as well as some disappointment when comments were made that disregarded the intent of a bill attempting to protect citizens’ right to self-defense during their commute to and from work.  However, this legislative session represents significant reform that will restore and protect the rights of responsible gun owners and sportsmen.

Tennesseans who possess a valid Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) can breathe a sigh of relief now that House Bill 9 has passed in both legislative chambers and was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam (R).   Sponsored by state Representative William Lamberth (R-44), HB 9 makes all information pertaining to HCP holders confidential and not open for public inspection or publication.  This privacy protection legislation went into effect upon the Governor’s signature yesterday.  Tennessee becomes the 39th state to enact such permit confidentiality legislation.

House Bill 6, the School Security Act of 2013, sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), seeks to provide more protection for children and staff during school hours.  HB 6 was amended multiple times during this legislative session and was finally agreed upon by the House and the Senate 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.  This individual would also be required to have a HCP and the written authorization of the director of schools.  HB 6 currently awaits approval from Governor Haslam.

Senate Bill 714, sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7), reforms the Right-to-Carry statute, by allowing someone who has undergone voluntary treatment for alcohol or substance abuse to apply for a HCP within three years of completing such a treatment.  SB 714 passed in both legislative chambers by an overwhelming vote and Governor Haslam signed it into law yesterday.  Under the previous law, there was no distinction between a voluntary or involuntary treatment and required a person to wait 10 years before being eligible to apply for a HCP.  Senate Bill 714 takes effect on July 1, 2013.

Senate Bill 142, sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R-4), had the intent of allowing a person with a valid HCP to transport and store a firearm or ammunition in the permit holder's privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions.  Unfortunately, some legislators attempted to derail and erode the bill.  Governor Haslam signed SB 142 into law on March 14 and it takes effect on July 1, 2013.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to monitor this situation closely and work with legislators to put stronger provisions in place next session that would protect Tennessee’s responsible citizens.

TRENDING NOW

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bill Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 10, House Bill 4795 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Local Government Committee at ...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Anti-Gun lawmakers Introduce Gun Confiscation Bill in Georgia

With a complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental rights of Georgia residents, state Representative Mary ...

News  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bill Aimed at Ending Operation Choke Point Passes House

On Thursday, a bi-partisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 766, the ‘‘Financial Institution Customer ...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Connecticut: Deeply Flawed Bill that Violates Due Process Filed in Hartford

In a move that threatens not only your Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but also your Fifth ...

News  

Friday, February 5, 2016

“F” Stands for Fail: Georgia College Instructor Boots Uniformed Cop, Gets Lectured in Return

Colleges usually take great pride in proclaiming their “diversity” and “inclusiveness,” but simply wearing a tool of his ...

Monday, February 8, 2016

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Passes House of Delegates

Today, House Bill 4145, NRA-endorsed legislation that would allow an individual to lawfully carry a concealed handgun without ...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Maryland: It’s 2013 All Over Again

House Speaker Mike Busch, Senate President Mike Miller, and Attorney General Brian Frosh, the same officials who passed ...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Work Session Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 10, House Bill 4147 has been scheduled for a work session at 3:00pm in HR 343 of ...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation to Be Heard in the General Assembly

This week, several pro-gun bills are scheduled for hearings in the Tennessee General Assembly.

News  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fourth Circuit Requires “Strict Scrutiny” for Maryland Gun and Magazine Ban

It hasn’t been a good week for Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, would-be contender for President of ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.