Tennessee: Constitutional Carry Bills to Be Heard this Week

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1483, sponsored by state Senate Senator Mark Green (R-22). On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled to hear SB 1483’s companion bill, House Bill 1748, sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47). SB 1483 /HB

2015 Legislative Session Review on Second Amendment Rights

SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS The 109th General Assembly session included several bills regarding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Guns in Parks Legislation – A new law adopted this year gives Tennesseans with a handgun carry permit the right to carry a firearm into a city, county and/or municipal park. Prior law had allowed a municipality

Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law in Tennessee

Having passed the Tennessee Legislature earlier this session, several pro-gun bills have recently become law.  The following pro-gun measures passed the Tennessee legislature and have been signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam: House Bill 745, sponsored by state Representative Holsclaw (R-4) and state Senator Niceley (R-8), creates a lifetime handgun carry permit.  This law

“Shall Sign” Legislation Transmitted to Governor Haslam for Action

On April 8, 2015, House Bill 1255 passed the Senate floor unanimously. HB 1255, sponsored by state Representative Charles Sargent (R-61), and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 1215, sponsored by state Senator Jack Johnson (R-23), would require the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm, as

Women Like Shooting Too. . .

The number of handgun permits issued in Tennessee has nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the state issued 192,613 handgun carry permits in 2013. Of that 58,833 were given to women and 133,780 were given to men. Compare that to 2012. That year the state

Conceal Carry Permit Holders and the “Parking Lot” Bill in Tennessee

Starting July 1, 2013, the Safe Commute Act will allow people with handgun-carry permits to keep guns in their locked cars on most parking lots in Tennessee — including at most workplaces — against the business owner’s objections. In an earlier blawg post, I stated the Safe Commute Act bill will still allow employers to