Today, the Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 2464, sponsored by Representative Tilman Goins. HB 2464 would allow current or former members of the National Guard and Military Reserve forces to obtain a handgun permit at the age of 18. Further, HB 2464 would provide consistency to the restoration of rights process in regards to the possession and purchase of firearms and obtaining a handgun carry permit. Please contact members of the House Civil Justice Committee and strongly urge them to support House Bill 2464.
On Wednesday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1461, sponsored by Representative Dwayne Thompson. HB 1461 makes it a crime to knowingly possess a device that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability. Please contact members of the House Civil Justice Committee and strongly urge them to oppose House Bill 1461.
Also on Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1851, sponsored by Representative Joe Towns, Jr. HB 1851 prevents a municipality from charging a person with a violation of any ordinance prohibiting the discharge of a firearm within the municipal limits if the person acted in justifiable self-defense or to prevent the commission of a criminal offense when discharging the firearm. Please contact members of the House Criminal Justice Committee and strongly urge them to support House Bill 1851.