A measure expanding access to firearms on public college campuses passed the House Civil Justice Committee this week on a 6-3 party line vote.  Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro), House Bill 745 would permit part-time employees who have handgun carry permits to carry a concealed weapon on campus.  The bill, which was originally narrowly … Continued

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The Senate has passed legislation that forbids public colleges and universities from maintaining institutional policies that prohibit permit-holding students or employees from storing a firearm or ammunition in their parked vehicle while on campus property. The measure, sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), gained traction early in the legislative session … Continued

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Summer Political Roundup

Haslam Hires COO Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that Greg Adams will join his senior team as the state’s chief operating officer.  The COO position, created by Haslam, will replace retiring Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey.   Adams’ role will be to work with state departments to ensure they’re operating efficiently and effectively.  Ramsey retires on … Continued

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Diversity and Guns: Today in the Tennessee Legislature

Today, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee heard HB118 (Faison, R-Cosby).  The legislation is the companion bill to SB142 (Ramsey, R-Blountville) relative to firearms in personal vehicles which passed in the Senate last week.  The legislation as drafted, would allow valid handgun carry permit holders to transport and store firearms and ammunition in personal motor vehicles … Continued

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Gun Bill Passes Senate, House Hearing Approaches

The Senate passed SB 142 (Ramsey-R Blountville) on a 28-5 vote this evening.  The legislation allows gun carry permit holders to transport and store firearms in their personal vehicles provided such firearms and ammunition are stored out of sight and not in a location prohibited by federal law. The Senate bill hinders the current ability … Continued

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