Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

Tennessee: Employee Protection Legislation Becomes Law and Apprentice Hunting Bill Awaits Committee Hearing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tennessee: Employee Protection Legislation Becomes Law and Apprentice Hunting Bill Awaits Committee Hearing

In great news for Tennessee gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed into law Senate Bill 1058, employee protection legislation, late Monday, April 6.  SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee Senate on March 23 by a 28 to 5 vote.  The same day, the House version, House Bill 994, was conformed to its Senate companion.  SB 1058 passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives on March 23 by a 78 to 14 vote.  SB 1058 takes effect on July 1, 2015.

SB 1058 will provide a cause of action against an employer for an employee who becomes terminated or receives adverse employment action based solely on the lawful transportation or storage of a firearm or ammunition in a personally owned vehicle on an employer’s parking lot.  This law will now provide a much-needed remedy to the current law as well as protection for employees who follow it.  It is not an offense to lawfully store a firearm in a locked vehicle in an employer’s parking lot.

Your NRA-ILA would like to thank all legislators who voted in support of this legislation, especially Senator Mark Green (R-22), who sponsored SB 1058, and Representative Curry Todd (R-95), who sponsored HB 994 in the House of Representatives.  Thank you to members and those who contacted their legislators on behalf of this bill, as passage would not have been possible without your active support.  

Last week Senate Bill 1237, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-09), passed the Tennessee State Senate on a unanimous vote.  Its companion bill, House Bill 1079, sponsored by state Representative Ron Travis (R-31), was recommended for passage by the House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee today and could be heard by the full House Finance, Ways and Means Committee as early as next week. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would strengthen Tennessee’s rich hunting heritage by expanding Tennessee’s apprentice program for those who want to try hunting.

Currently, Tennessee law exempts individuals at least 10 years of age from taking hunter education before trying hunting with the purchase of an apprentice hunting permit (as well as the required hunting licenses and permits). When going afield, the apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age or older who is hunter-education-certified or otherwise exempt by law. SB 1237 and HB 1079 would expand the existing program so that new hunters could purchase the apprentice hunting permit for up to three consecutive years instead of only once per lifetime. This increase in opportunity to buy the apprentice hunting permit furthers the goal of recruiting new hunters by giving them more time to experience new hunting adventures in the field.

Lengthy hunter education requirements often discourage potential hunters from going afield because they are unwilling to dedicate the necessary time to complete the course in order to pursue an activity that they are simply trying out.  The apprentice license program allows them to experience hunting while under the supervision of a mentor.  Eventually, the goal is for these apprentices to complete a hunter education course so they can hunt on their own, which has largely been the case in the states with similar programs.  Apprentice hunting license programs throughout the country have issued more than 1 million licenses to date and these hunters have proven to be safer than all other classes of hunters in what is already one of the safest recreational activities in America.

Please contact your state Representative TODAY, and urge him or her to SUPPORT Senate Bill 1237 and House Bill 1079 when these pro-hunting bills come before them for consideration.

Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated on further second amendment legislation in Tennessee as it becomes available.

TRENDING NOW
“[A]ll We Need You to Do is Give us the Gun”: U.K. Launches National Firearm Surrender Campaign

News  

Monday, May 23, 2022

“[A]ll We Need You to Do is Give us the Gun”: U.K. Launches National Firearm Surrender Campaign

On March 12, a two-week campaign was launched in the United Kingdom to encourage subjects of Her Majesty the Queen to surrender firearms, ammunition, weapons, and any other object even vaguely reminiscent of a gun ...

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas

News  

Thursday, May 12, 2022

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas

Former President Donald J. Trump will headline the 2022 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 27, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Choke Point “Lite”

News  

Monday, May 23, 2022

Choke Point “Lite”

Ten years ago, the Obama Administration introduced “Operation Choke Point,” a program to weaponize the banking industry and financial service providers against certain lawful businesses and merchants. Implemented by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice and ...

ATF Partners with Anti-gun Researchers to Expand Agency’s Power

News  

Monday, May 23, 2022

ATF Partners with Anti-gun Researchers to Expand Agency’s Power

On May 17, the Department of Justice announced the release of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives publication titled the National Firearms in Commerce and Trafficking Assessment (NFCTA). The report is the result of the ...

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

News  

Friday, April 1, 2022

NRA Achieves Historical Milestone as 25 States Recognize Constitutional Carry

Half the country will now enjoy the freedom to carry a handgun for self-defense without a permit from the state thanks to the tireless efforts of men and women of the National Rifle Association. 

New Jersey: “Mandatory Jail” Bill Scheduled for Senate Hearing Thursday

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

New Jersey: “Mandatory Jail” Bill Scheduled for Senate Hearing Thursday

Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider S.513, legislation which would create a rebuttable presumption of no bail for gun offenses.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

California: Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes

Saturday, May 21, 2022

California: Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes

On Thursday, both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees took up their suspense files prior to the fiscal deadline, passing a number of anti-gun bills and one pro-hunting bill. These bills will now be eligible ...

Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

News  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

There is a central hypocrisy at the heart of the gun control effort.

NRA Statement Ahead of 2022 NRAAM

News  

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

NRA Statement Ahead of 2022 NRAAM

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Wednesday, May 25

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

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.