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Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Becomes Law

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Becomes Law

Important pro-gun legislation was signed into law:

House Bill 1644 and Senate Bill 1559, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins (R-10) and state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) respectively, would require the chief administrative officer of a private school to implement a handgun carry policy.

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.

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. 

Thank you to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in support of these important pro-gun bills.  Special thanks to the bill sponsors as well as those legislators who supported this legislation throughout the process.

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As previously reported, House Bill 1736 is still progressing through the legislature and could receive a floor vote soon.  Members are encouraged to stay-tuned to their inboxes and www.NRAILA.org for more information as the legislation advances.

House Bill 1736 and Senate Bill 2376, sponsored by state Representative Andy Holt (R-76) and state Senator Mike Bell (R-9) respectively, would permit full-time employees of state public colleges or universities to carry a handgun while on property owned, operated, or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit. 

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