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Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills to Receive Committee Hearings this Week

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tomorrow and Wednesday, multiple pro-gun bills will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., in Legislative Plaza Room 12 of the state Capitol, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the following bills:

Senate Bill 2031, sponsored by state Senator Joey Hensley (R-28), would remove all grandfathered local ordinances and resolutions enacted before April 8, 1986 relating to the prohibition or regulation of possession, transportation or storage of firearms and firearm ammunition by Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) holders.

Senate Bill 1672, sponsored by state Senator Steve Southerland (R-1), would extend the term or validity of a Tennessee HCP from four to five years.

Senate Bill 1774, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9), would allow a law-abiding gun owner to carry a firearm in his or her own vehicle without a HCP.

Senate Bill 1612, sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22), would strengthen the current state firearms preemption statute by giving all authority relating to firearms laws and regulations to the General Assembly.

This Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., in House Hearing Room 31 (HHR 31) of the state Capitol, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee will consider the following bills:

House Bill 1399, sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47), is the House companion bill to SB 1612 above.

House Bill 1400, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), is the House companion bill to SB 1672 above.

House Bill 1480, sponsored by state Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), is the House companion bill to SB 1774 above.


Please contact members of Senate Judiciary Committee and House Civil Justice Subcommittee today and respectfully urge them to vote for the pro-gun bills listed above.  Contact information for members of those committees is provided below.

In addition to the bills listed above, House Bill 1407 is scheduled to be heard this Wednesday, March 19 in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.  HB 1407, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10), would allow for a handgun carry permit holder to carry lawfully a firearm in all state, county and municipal parks.  Please contact members of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee and urge them to vote for HB 1407.  Contact information for these committee members is also provided below.


Senate Judiciary Committee (SB 2031, SB 1672, SB 1774, SB 1612):
Senator Brian Kelsey (R-31), Chairman
(615) 741-3036
Senator Doug Overbey (R-2)
(615) 741-0981
Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7)
(615) 741-1766

Senator Mike Bell (R-9)
(615) 741-1946
Senator Lowe Finney (D-27)
(615) 741-1810
Senator Ophelia Ford (D-28)
(615) 741-1767
Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-10)
(615) 741-6682
Senator Mark Green (R-22)
(615) 741-2374
Senator John Stevens (R-24)
(615) 741-4576
House Civil Justice Subcommittee (HB 1399, HB 1400, HB 1480):
Representative Jim Coley (R-97), Chairman
(615) 741-8201
Representative Jon Lundberg (R-1)
(615) 741-7623
Representative Rick Womick (R-34)
(615) 741-2804
Representative Mike Carter (R-29)
(615) 741-3025
Representative Vance Dennis (R-71)
(615) 741-2190
Representative Andrew Farmer (R-17)
(615) 741-4419
Representative Sherry Jones (D-59)
(615) 741-2035
Representative Mike Stewart (D-52)
(615) 741-2184
House Finance Ways, and Means Subcommittee (HB 1407):
Representative Mike Harrison (R-9), Chairman
(615) 741-7480
Representative David Alexander (R-39)
(615) 741-8695
Representative Joe Armstrong (D-15)
(615) 741-0768
Representative Kevin Brooks (R-24)
(615) 741-1350
Representative Karen D. Camper (D-87)
(615) 741-1898
Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-82)
(615) 741-2134
Representative David B. Hawk (R-5)
(615) 741-7482
Representative Gerald McCormick (R-26)
(615) 741-2548
Representative Steve McDaniel (R-72)
(615) 741-0750
Representative Gary Odom (D-55)
(615) 741-4410
Representative Dennis Edward Roach (R-35)
(615) 741-2534
Representative Charles Michael Sargent (R-61)
(615) 741-6808



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