On Monday, President Donald Trump spoke about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
The president gave his support to “red flag” laws that allow officials to remove firearms from someone who might be a danger to him or herself or others, following due process.
Mass shootings have spurred red flag laws in 17 states, but Tennessee is not among them.
The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today criticized Governor Lee for signing HB 1264/SB 705 into law. The new law weakens Tennessee’s handgun carry permitting system and faced bipartisan opposition in both the House and Senate.
Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state.
Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that would offer new concealed carry-only handgun permits that don’t require training that involves actually firing a weapon, highlighting the final decisions of a frenzied last day of a monthslong legislative session.
When gun control advocates and NRA-certified instructors align on a firearms issue, our elected officials should pay attention.
“We have people who are going to be carrying loaded weapons in public. It’s just common sense to ensure that they have been thoroughly trained. Can use that, that device responsibly,” Erin Goddard said.
A proposal to let Tennessee teachers carry concealed weapons in school has been dropped from this legislative session, but the bill’s sponsor said Thursday that he may resurrect the idea next year.
A proposal that would allow teachers and others in public schools to carry concealed firearms won't be considered further in 2019.