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Tennessee: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committees Next Week

Friday, February 26, 2016

Tennessee: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committees Next Week

Next week, several pro-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in the Tennessee General Assembly:

Senate Bill 1559 and House Bill 1644, sponsored by state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) and state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10) respectively, would require the chief administrative officer of a private school to implement a handgun carry policy.  Hearings scheduled for earlier this week on Senate Bill 1559 and House Bill 1644 were deferred to Tuesday, March 1.  SB 1559 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and HB 1644 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Administration and Planning Committee. 

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to support Senate Bill 1559.  Please also contact members of the House Education, Administration and Planning Committee and politely urge them to support House Bill 1644.

House Bill 2131 and Senate Bill 1991, sponsored by state Representative Courtney Rogers (R-45) and State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-31), would prohibit public postsecondary institutions from taking any adverse action against an employee or student as a result of such person's lawful transportation and storage of a firearm or ammunition in the person's vehicle.  HB 2131 was passed out of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 24.  HB 2131 is now scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, March 1, by the House Civil Justice Committee.

Please contact members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and politely urge them to support house Bill 2131.

House Bill 2575 and Senate Bill 2566, sponsored by state Representative Gerald McCormick (R-26) and state Senator Mark Norris (R-32) respectively, would extend permit renewals to occur every eight years and would also lower handgun permit fees.  Earlier this week, the House Government Operations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2575 and Senate Bill 2566 respectively.  HB 2575 has been referred to the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee and is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday,March 2, and SB 2566 has been referred to the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee and is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, March 1.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on these bills as they move through the General Assembly.

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