After passing the General Assembly on Tuesday evening, two important pro-gun measures are on their way to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration.
SB 445/HB 508 targets municipalities that have passed gun control ordinances in violation of state pre-emption laws. If signed, this measure will help protect gun owners from becoming ensnared by state’s confusing patchwork of firearms laws by allowing any law-abiding citizen adversely affected by a local ordinance to file suit. It would also stop local governments from restricting firearms on local property unless certain security measures are met.
SB 983/ HB 752 will allow anyone granted a protective order to immediately carry a firearm once the order has processed, provided they are not legally restricted from doing so. The petitioner would have three weeks to undergo a background check for a temporary permit, which will be good for an additional 60 days, helping to ensure vulnerable Tennesseans are not disarmed while at their most vulnerable.
We will continue to update you as these bills move closer to becoming law.