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Tennessee: Setting the Record Straight on “Red Flag” Legislation

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tennessee: Setting the Record Straight on “Red Flag” Legislation

Recently, a representative of a Tennessee based fundraising group that purports to support the Second Amendment has been implying that the NRA supports so-called “red flag” legislation that would deny gun owners their Second Amendment rights without due process.

To be clear, the NRA strongly opposes SB 1178 /HB 1446, and SB 943 /HB 1049, as well as any other so-called “red flag” bills that would deny an individual their Second Amendment rights without due process. 

Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 1178.

SB1178, sponsored by Senator Steven Dickerson, will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 26th. This egregious gun control bill seeks to create an avenue by which gun owners could lose their gun rights following an ex-parte hearing where the gun owner would have no opportunity to challenge the claims being made by a petitioner.  A gun owner who has an order issued against them would have no ability to transfer their firearms to a third party. Further, this bill includes vague definitions of relationships without timeframes where someone could petition for an order against someone they have not seen or lived with in 40 years.  NRA opposed similar legislation, Senate Bill 670, during the 2018 legislative session.

These bills do not respect a citizen’s right to due process and the NRA strongly opposes this legislation as we always have.

Again, don’t let disingenuous fundraising efforts divide Second Amendment supporters in Tennessee with erroneous claims and shallow scare tactics.

Tennessee Due Process

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.