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Tennessee: Legislative Update from Nashville

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

As the 2014 legislative session begins to wind down, a number of NRA-supported bills are still moving in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Your NRA-ILA is continually working to protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Tennessee.

Please contact your state lawmakers in support of the following bills still pending action:

Senate Bill 1774 and House Bill 1480, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) and state Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11) respectively, would allow a law-abiding gun owner to carry a firearm in his or her own vehicle without a Handgun Carry Permit (HCP).  Today, the state Senate passed SB 1774 by a 24 to 4 vote.  HB 1480 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor tomorrow.

Senate Bill 1612 and House Bill 1399, sponsored by state Senator Mark Green (R-22) and state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47) respectively, would strengthen the state firearms preemption statute by giving all authority relating to firearms laws and regulations to the General Assembly, with the exception of firearms discharge.  Today, the state Senate passed SB 1612 by a 24 to 3 vote.  HB 1399 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor tomorrow.

Senate Bill 1496 and House Bill 1407, sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7) and state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10) respectively, would prevent municipalities from passing and enforcing ordinances that ban the carrying of firearms in city, county and municipal parks.  This legislation would allow law-abiding Tennesseans with a HCP to carry a firearm into all state, city, county and municipal parks, and prevent a patchwork of laws across the state where some localities have prohibited firearms in their parks.  The state Senate passed SB 1496 by a 26 to 7 vote on February 13.  HB 1407 has been referred back to the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.

Senate Bill 1672 and House Bill 1400, sponsored by state Senator Steve Southerland (R-1) and state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10) respectively, would extend the term or validity of a Tennessee HCP from four to five years.  SB 1672 is scheduled to be considered on the Senate floor tomorrow and HB 1400 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor tomorrow.

Senate Bill 2424 and House Bill 2409, sponsored by state Senator Mae Beavers (R-17) and state representative Micah Van Huss (R-6) respectively, would allow a person who is legally able to possess a firearm to carry that firearm openly without a permit.  The state Senate passed SB 2424 yesterday by a 25 to 2 vote.  HB 2409 currently awaits consideration in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.

 

Please contact your state Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1399, HB 1400, HB 1407, HB 1480 and HB 2409 on the House floor.  Contact information can be found here.

Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 1672 on the Senate floor.  Contact information can be found here.

 

In addition to the legislative activity currently happening in Nashville, your NRA-ILA intends on addressing the “Employee Protection” statute in the 2015 legislative session.  That law enacted last year, with the intent to protect employees for having a firearm in their vehicle at work, needs improvement and your NRA-ILA will continue working with state legislators to ensure your Second Amendment rights are protected.  Please continue checking www.nraila.org for updates.

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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.