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Tennessee: Park Carry Legislation Signed into Law

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tennessee: Park Carry Legislation Signed into Law

After a hard fought and long awaited result, your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that House Bill 995’s conference committee majority report was signed into law this morning.  HB 995 endured a complex legislative path that required hard work from many Tennessee legislators, including bill sponsors, state Senator John Stevens (R-24), and state Representatives Mike Harrison (R-9) and Tilman Goins (R-10).  Without receiving concurrence on the bill from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, HB 995 was assigned to a conference committee to sort out the differences between the two chambers.

The conference committee report took two important steps toward protecting your Second Amendment rights.  The report removed the ability for municipalities to opt-out of park carry, thus removing a patchwork of laws throughout the state of Tennessee that could turn law-abiding Tennesseans with handgun carry permits into unintentional criminals.  Additionally, the committee report clarified current law referring to carrying a firearm in a park while the park is being used by a school.  This clarification states that a citizen may lawfully carry in a park outside the immediate vicinity of a school event while the event is taking place in a park.  

NRA would like to thank members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their lawmakers in support of this important law.  Members are encouraged to contact the bill sponsors of this legislation and thank them for defending your Second Amendment rights!

Senator John Stevens (R-24)
sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov 

Representative Mike Harrison (R-9)
rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov 

Representative Tilman Goins (R-10)
rep.tilman.goins@capitol.tn.gov

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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.