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The Shelby County lawmaker, arrested last week for DUI, reportedly acknowledged to Gov. Haslam that he “made a bad mistake” and he’s sorry. The governor, who reiterated the conversation for reporters, said he ran into Rep. Todd at a charity golf tournament Monday held by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Rep. Gary Odom.

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Opponents of the law said it would hamper tourism by making Tennessee restaurants unsafe. But two years after the law first passed, the state’s numbers show tourism to Tennessee is up — and nobody has been convicted of drinking alcohol in a bar while otherwise legally possessing a firearm.

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The vote on the override measure was 61-30. There was no discussion on the bill, which was taken after 9 p.m. and subsequent to a full day’s worth of floor action.

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The vote tally was decisive: 22-10. A similar result is likely in the House, as the governor has himself said he expects.

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Transcript of Remarks by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, May 27, 2010: “Today, I rise for the second time to ask this Senate to override the veto of legislation that provides law-abiding citizens the right and ability to protect themselves in establishments across the state. “Let me begin by saying, I respect the governor of the […]

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Bredesen said he values “the constitutional right that allows me to protect my home and family.” But the governor indicated he believes the bill violates “common-sense.”

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Establishment-owners who don’t want handguns on site could post signs banning them. Violations could be punished by up to a year in jail.

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Press Release from Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, April 29, 2010: Bill allows permit holders to carry weapons in establishments that serve alcohol NASHVILLE – The State Senate passed a bill Thursday 23-9 sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson (D-Dickson) to allow handgun carry permit holders to take their weapons into establishments that serve alcohol. “This version […]

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Sponsor says latest proposal’s been reconfigured to address a Davidson County judge’s declaration last year that the old law was “unconstitutionally vague.”

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Current law was struck down last year by a judge who declared it unconstitutionally vague. The legislation’s sponsor hopes a rewrite will render the appeal moot.

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Both the Senate Speaker and bill-sponsor Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, want to alter the existing law to fix any ambiguities that led to a Davidson County judge overturning the law last fall. Waiting for the case to run its course through appeals courts could take too long, they say.

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Lawmaker who sponsored 2009 firearms-in-restaurants legislation is about to unveil “a general improvement on the law” for 2010. Sen. Doug Jackson says bill in draft will eliminate ambiguities a Davidson County judge called unconstitutional in a November ruling, and clarify how business-owners can prohibit guns with backing from police.

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