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Posted: 5/2/2009 7:58:40 AM EDT
Tennessee Firearms Association, Inc.
Legislative Action Committee
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SB 0032
HB 0046*

Handgun information privacy. Prohibits department of safety or any department-approved handgun safety course employee from requiring applicant for handgun carry permit to furnish any identifying information concerning any handgun the applicant owns or possesses. (S: Tracy; H: Evans)
Senate Status: Senate passed 04/09/2009.
House Status: House passed 03/19/2009.
Other Status: Signed by governor 04/27/2009.


SB 0383
HB 0411*

Selling of firearms to certain persons prohibited. Creates Class A misdemeanor offense of attempting to purchase a firearm when prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. Also creates Class A misdemeanor offense of selling a firearm to a person known to be prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. (S: Barnes; H: Pitts)
Amendment: House amendment 1 renames the bill "Coach Willard Ross Act of 2009."
Senate Status: Senate passed 04/30/2009.
House Status: House 03/23/2009 passed with amendment 1.
Other Status: Sent to the speakers for signatures 04/30/2009.


SB 0474
HB 0070*

Protection of property. Removes prohibition against using deadly force in protection of property. Specifies that there is an exemption from provisions allowing the use of deadly force against a person lawfully allowed to be in a business as there is for a dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle. (S: Berke; H: Fincher)
Amendment: House amendment 1 deletes section one of the printed bill and authorizes a person to use deadly force unless the person is not justified in using deadly force to prevent or terminate another person's trespass on real estate or unlawful interference with personal property.
Senate Status: Senate passed 04/30/2009.
House Status: House 03/19/2009 passed with amendment 1.
Other Status: Sent to the speakers for signatures 04/30/2009.

SB 0554
HB 0254*

Purchasers of firearms not required to produce thumbprint. Removes requirement that a gun dealer must obtain a thumbprint from a purchaser and deletes provision whereby the TBI must provide firearms transaction thumbprint forms. (S: Norris; H: Casada)
House Co-Sponsors: Fincher; Moore; Evans; Montgomery; Sargent; Todd; Bell; Hensley; Rich; Hill; Campfield; Williams K.; Watson E.; Dean; Faulkner; Swafford; McCormick; McDaniel; Harrison; Eldridge; Johnson C.
Amendment: Senate amendment 1 revises the present law requirement that a gun dealer request that the TBI conduct a criminal history record check to clarify that the request would be made "by means designated by the TBI" instead of "by telephone".
Senate Status: Senate 04/09/2009 passed with amendment 1.
House Status: House 04/20/2009 concurred in Senate amendment.
Other Status: Signed by governor 04/27/2009.


SB 0578
HB 0390*

Loaded guns in vehicles. Allows a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle. (S: Jackson; H: Fincher)
Amendment: Senate Judiciary amendment 1 limits the effects of the bill to include only cars owned in whole or in part by the individual with a handgun permit, or the handgun permit holders family.
Senate Status: Senate Judiciary 04/29/2009 recommended with amendment.
House Status: House passed 03/19/2009.
TFA Opposes the Senate Amendment. It should not matter whether you own the car or not.  What if its a rental? What if your car is being repaired and its a loaner.  What if you normally drive a sedan but borrow a truck or 4x4 during hunting season?

SB 0630*
HB 1424

Restrictions on elk hunting. Clarifies that special elk-take permits are only valid in the eastern grand division of the state. (S: Southerland; H: Lollar)
Amendment: Senate amendment 1 makes the bill. Prohibits any nonprofit wildlife conservation organization that sells or transfers an elk-take permit from using more than 20 percent of the proceeds to administer such sale or transfer. Currently the cap is set at ten percent. Authorizes the commission to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the special elk-take permit program. House amendment 1 makes the bill. Prohibits any nonprofit wildlife conservation organization that sells or transfers an elk-take permit from using more than 20 percent of the proceeds to administer such sale or transfer. Currently the cap is set at ten percent.
Senate Status: Senate 04/13/2009 passed with amendment 1.
House Status: House 04/23/2009 concurred in Senate amendment 1.
Other Status: Sent to governor 04/29/2009.


SB 0686*
HB 0963

Effective date of regulations for cooperative agreements. Requires executive director of agency to submit report to the governor and each member of the wildlife resources commission by September 30 of each year. Extends effective date of regulations for cooperative agreements with federal agencies from 30 to 45 days after publication. (S: Woodson; H: McCord)
Amendment: House Conservation & Environment amendment 1, Senate Environment amendment 1 makes the bill. Extends from June 13, 2009 to June 13, 2010 the amount of time the special joint legislative study committee on TWRA has to report its findings to the general assembly.
Senate Status: Referred to Senate Finance, Ways & Means 04/30/2009 from Senate floor.
House Status: Set for House Finance Budget Subcommittee 05/06/2009.

SB 1127
HB 0962*

Carrying guns in restaurants. Authorizes any individual with a handgun carry permit to carry a firearm into a restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages as long as such individual is not consuming alcoholic beverages and such restaurant is not an age-restricted venue, defined in current code as an establishment that restricts admission to persons who are age 21 years or older by checking patrons' identifications. (S: Jackson; H: Todd)
Senate Co-Sponsor: Norris
Amendment: House amendment 1 rewrites the bill. Authorizes any individual with a handgun carry permit to carry a firearm into a restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages as long as such individual is not consuming alcoholic beverages. Prohibits such carrying between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and at such times that the restaurant is age-restricted. Defines age-restricted for purposes of this amendment as a restaurant that affirmatively restricts access to persons 18 or older by checking patrons' identifications. Removes reference in original bill referring to the bill being subject to provisions of TCA 9-17-1359, permitting a property owner to post notices on such property prohibiting firearms. Senate amendment 1 removes the provisions of House amendment and thus reinstates the provisions of the original bill. This amendment also revises the original bill to remove the requirement that the restaurant not be an age-restricted venue in order for a person who has a handgun carry permit and otherwise complies with the bill to carry a handgun into the restaurant.
Senate Status: Senate 04/27/2009 appoints conference committee.
House Status: House 04/30/2009 appoints conference committee.
Other Status: Set for Conference Committee on HB 962 05/04/2009.



SB 1128
HB 0966*

Signage restricting hunting game on certain property. Requires signage to effectively restrict persons from hunting wildlife or big game on landowner property be placed at all major points of ingress of the lands being posted. (S: Norris; H: McCord)
Amendment: House Conservation & Environment amendment 1 specifies signs must be at all points of ingress in places where intruders will likely see them.
Senate Status: Taken off notice in Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism 03/24/2009.
House Status: House Conservation & Environment 04/28/2009 recommended with amendment. Sent to House Calendar & Rules.
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David
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 8:08:42 AM EDT

SB 0474
HB 0070*

Protection of property. Removes prohibition against using deadly force in protection of property. Specifies that there is an exemption from provisions allowing the use of deadly force against a person lawfully allowed to be in a business as there is for a dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle. (S: Berke; H: Fincher)
Amendment: House amendment 1 deletes section one of the printed bill and authorizes a person to use deadly force unless the person is not justified in using deadly force to prevent or terminate another person's trespass on real estate or unlawful interference with personal property.
Senate Status: Senate passed 04/30/2009.
House Status: House 03/19/2009 passed with amendment 1.
Other Status: Sent to the speakers for signatures 04/30/2009.


I'm not sure exactly what this bill accomplishes after the amendment. Did it just add a person's business to the list of places where they are allowed to defend themselves?
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 3:58:23 PM EDT
Below are the email addresses of the members of the Tennessee House/Senate conference committee that will decide the fate of the restaurant carry bill. The committee meeting is tentatively scheduled on Monday, May 4 at 2:00 PM (CST)

Feel free to contact them and urge them to pass a clean bill without the curfew and age restrictions.

Tim

"rep curry todd" <rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov>

"rep joe mccord" <rep.joe.mccord@capitol.tn.gov>

"rep joe armstrong" <rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov>

"rep eddie bass" <rep.eddie.bass@capitol.tn.gov>

"rep glen casada" r<ep.glen.casada@capitol.tn.gov>

Sen Doug Jackson<sen.doug.jackson@capitol.tn.gov>

Sen Lowe Finney <sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov>

Sen Tim Burchett <sen.tim.burchett@capitol.tn.gov>

Sen Paul Stanley <sen.paul.stanley@capitol.tn.gov>

Sen Mae Beavers <sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov>

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Thanks to TFA's TIm Nunan for compiling this information.

David
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 4:22:21 PM EDT
Anyone already have a drafted letter to send to the above Reps?

If so please attach.

If not, I will just fire off email.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 8:14:17 PM EDT
Done!


I am contacting you regarding the topic of carrying of handguns in restaurants. I feel this needs to pass to allow those that are legally allowed to carry a handgun to be allowed to protect themselves from violent crime regardless of where they are. By limiting the areas in which a person may protect themselves it creates an area of vulnerability that criminals will likely exploit.

Also, there should be no restrictions on the timeframe in which a person is able to protect themselves. Criminals don't care about what time it is before they commit a crime so there should be no restriction sa to when a person can protect themselves from said criminals. By putting restrictions on the time frame the criminals are given a window of opportunity in which they know honest, law abiding citizens will be unable to protect themselves.

Finally, if this passes hold property owners responsible for any and all injuries incurred during the commission of a crime if the property owner restricted the patron's ability to legally protect themselves.  

Respectfully,
Dolomite_Supafly
865 789 xxxx


Link Posted: 5/3/2009 6:31:07 AM EDT
I exchanged emails last night with my Senator - Mae Beavers. She stated: "I am on the conference committee which meets Monday at 2:00.  I believe we will have the votes to remove the ridiculous restrictions put on in the house."

Makes me feel better.


Now get out there and contact your representatives!
Link Posted: 5/3/2009 8:29:48 AM EDT
Done
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