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Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly

Several pro-gun bills are on the move in Tennessee!

House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445 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 government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on 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.  HB 508, sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-44), passed out of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and will be heard in the full Civil Justice Committee on Tuesday, March 28.  SB 445, sponsored by Senator John Stevens (R-24), will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee next week.  

House Bill 752 and Senate Bill 983 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.  HB 752, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins, passed in the House on Monday.  SB 983, sponsored by Senator Dolores Gresham (R-26), will also be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.  

Senate Bill 386 and House Bill 367, sponsored by Senator Green (R-22) and state Representative Jay D. Reedy (R-74), would improve Tennessee’s restoration of rights process by permitting the use of certain defenses for a person with a prior felony conviction, whose rights of citizenship have been restored, to reestablish his or her Second Amendment rights.  

Senate Bill 1339 and House Bill 688, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-15) and state Representative James Van Huss (R-6), would allow a person to possess or carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, in a motorized boat.

SB 386 and SB 1339 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and are heading to the Calendar Committee.

Your contact has been imperative to the success of this legislation.  Please continue to contact your state Senator and state Representative​ in support of these pro-gun bills.  Also, continue to check www.NRAILA.org and your email inbox for alerts on the latest action items.​

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