This was sent to me today. I had been writing an article to let you know how things were going but this article from the NRA tells it so much better.

Tennessee Legislature Wraps Up the 2009 Session!

Friday, June 19, 2009

TwoMore NRA-backed Bills head to the Governor!

The Tennessee General Assembly’s 2009 Session adjourned sine die, late in the evening on Thursday, June 18. Prior to adjournment, the Assembly passed NRA-backed House Bill 898, sponsored by State Representative Eric Watson (R-22) and State Senator Dewayne Bunch (R-9), and House Bill 961, sponsored by State Representative Mike Bell (R-26) and State Senator Tim Burchett (R-7).

HB 898 would broaden the definition of “law enforcement officer” to include retired and off-duty law enforcement officials. It also expands the right to carry by active law enforcement officials to more geographical locations. Based upon Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper’s opinion dated June 12, (Opinion No. 09-118), HB 898 was also amended to specify that no entity of state or local government is authorized to discriminate based solely upon conduct or activity related to the lawful possession of firearms where alcoholic beverages are served. After being referred to a conference committee, HB 898 passed the House on a 77 to 13 vote and the Senate on a 25 to 4 vote.

HB 961 would authorize a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a firearm in a refuge, public hunting area, wildlife management area, or on national forest land. HB 961 passed the House on an 89 to 3 vote and passed the Senate unanimously on a 28 to 0 vote.

HB 898 and HB 961 now head to Governor Phil Bredesen’s (D) desk for consideration. Please make your voices heard in support of these important bills. The Governor can be reached by phone at (615)741-2001 or email at

In a strong affirmation of our Second Amendment Rights, the Tennessee Legislature worked diligently this session to successfully pass several pro-gun measures into law. Included among these was an override of Governor Phil Bredesen’s (D) veto of House Bill 962, NRA-backed restaurant carry legislation.

  • House Bill 46, sponsored by State Representative Joshua Evans (R-66) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R-16), prohibits the Department of Safety, or any department-approved handgun safety employee, from requiring a carry permit applicant to furnish any identifying information concerning any handgun the applicant owns or possesses. HB 46 went into effect on April 27.

  • House Bill 70, sponsored by State Representative Henry Fincher (D-42) and State Senator Andy Berke (D-10) removed the prohibition against using deadly force in protection of personal property. It expands the right to self-defense to include a place of business. HB 70 will take effect Wednesday, July 1.

  • House Bill 254, sponsored by State Representative Glen Casada (R-63) and State Senator Mark Norris (R-32), eliminate the requirement to provide a thumbprint as part of the background check process when purchasing a firearm. HB 254 will take effect Wednesday, July 1.

  • House Bill 390, sponsored by State Representative Henry Fincher (D-42) and State Senator Doug Jackson (D-25), allows handgun carry permit holders to possess or carry a rifle or shotgun with a loaded magazine -- provided the firearm does not have a round in the chamber -- while in a private motor vehicle. HB 390 takes effect Wednesday, July 1.

  • House Bill 716[font=Arial][size=2], sponsored by State Representative Frank Niceley (R-17) and State Senator Mae Beavers (R-17), allows any resident who has a valid handgun carry permit to possess a handgun within the boundaries of any state park. It also allows for permit holders to carry into local parks as of September 1, as long as the locality does not opt-out of the law by resolution before that date.