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Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Important Self-Defense Legislation

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Important Self-Defense Legislation

Self-defense legislation House Bill 1264 /Senate Bill 705 have now officially passed both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.  This legislation will soon be sent to the desk of Governor Bill Lee for his signature. The NRA thanks Rep. Andy Holt and Sen. John Stevens for their leadership and commitment to preserving and protecting your rights in Tennessee’s.

Senate Bill 705 /House Bill 1264, sponsored by Senator John Stevens and Representative Andy Holt, would create a new concealed carry permit in Tennessee that would make it more accessible for Tennesseans to exercise their right to self-defense.  The new permit will allow for concealed carry only and will not apply to higher education campuses.  Further, the training required in the bill can be a hunter education course or firearm safety course, and can be taken online.  By creating a new concealed carry permit, Tennesseans are able to choose which permit option is best for them and their lifestyle in order to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense.

Stay-tuned to NRA-ILA Alerts for more information and updates on this legislation.


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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.