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House Speaker Beth Harwell says she feels little pressure to settle a heated debate over the so-called guns-in-lots bill by next year. The legislation died this spring after lawmakers could not agree on whether to allow gun owners to stow firearms in their vehicle at their place of work. “We either can come to the […]

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Rep. Debra Maggart wants to set the record straight that she has a “100 percent” voting record on Second-Amendment rights legislation despite criticism that she worked behind the scenes to kill key guns bills. Maggart, a high-ranking Republican leader who is in the middle of a heated election in Sumner County, took her message to […]

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The Senate’s top Republican says he doesn’t like that Second Amendment advocates are playing rough with lawmakers this election season. The punishment: possibly excluding gun groups on the so-called “guns in parking lots” issue next year.

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But some GOP-leaning outsiders say the automatic impulse to protect incumbents is rarely the answer — and more often likely part of the problem in government and politics.

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The National Rifle Association’s point man in Tennessee favors putting the state’s Republican leadership on the spot for all to see regarding controversial gun-rights expansion measures in the General Assembly. “This is an issue that has been pending for four years,” NRA lobbyist Darren LaSorte said of legislation designed to ensure employees can keep a […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; April 24, 2012:  House Calendar Improperly Sends Safe Commute to Summer Study On a vote of 15 to 8, the House Calendar Committee has sent the Safe Commute bill (HB3560) to “summer study” which kills it unless the House Floor votes with a 2/3 margin to recall the […]

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s not liking the take-no-prisoners pressure tactics the Tennessee Firearms Association is exerting. Gov. Haslam says “balance” is needed coming up with a compromise suitable both to business interests and Second Amendment advocates.

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Tennessee’s Bureau of Investigation hopes to pull $3 million from handgun permit fees to upgrade the state’s fingerprinting database next year and says otherwise more crimes will go unsolved. Although that practice is legal under state code, gun rights advocates say it’s unfair that a portion of their user fees fund activities that have little […]

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Newsletter from the TFA Legislative Action Committee; Jan. 18, 2011: “Wait 2 or 3 years . . . .” We have received a lot of questions, expressions of concern and a fair amount of anger about reports that some in the 107th General Assembly (a/k/a the current Tennessee Legislature) have expressed the opinion, particularly to […]

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