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Tennessee: Important Pro-Self-Defense Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Week

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tennessee: Important Pro-Self-Defense Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Week

This week, two important pro-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in different House committees.  House Bill 752 will be heard by the House Civil Justice Committee tomorrow, March 7, and House Bill 508 will be considered by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 8.  Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact members of both committees and urge them to support these pro-gun bills.  

House Bill 752, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow a person, who is granted an order of protection and who is not otherwise a prohibited person according to state or federal law, to carry a firearm for 60 days after the initial order of protection is issued.  This would allow a person under an order of protection to exercise his or her right to self-defense while allowing time to complete the Tennessee handgun carry permit process.

House Bill 508, sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-44), would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local or state government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on state or local property unless certain conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.

Once again, please use the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the House Civil Justice Committee and the House Civil Justice Subcommittee to urge them to support HB 752 and HB 508 respectively.

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