I apologize in advance for the mistakes I will surely make and for my level of ignorance regarding legislative stuff in Tennessee. It is gonna take me some time to get it right and Lord knows it did take me time to get the Florida stuff down and I lived there a quarter of a century.

So far, I have not been able to get the full text of the bills, just summaries which makes me uneasy about giving opinions, but till I find where the texts can be found, I will have to go with probably messing up once in a while.

(Update: WizardPC shook his head and pointed where to the VERY obvious place where could I find the text. He has my devoted thanks!)

Read the text.

With that, we begin with a bill I figured somebody was eventually going to introduce: To penalize Gun Owners for leaving firearms unsecured in vehicles.

Tennessee General Assembly Legislation (tn.gov) HB 2087.

Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, creates the offense of storing a firearm or firearm ammunition in a motor vehicle or boat while the person is not in the motor vehicle or boat unless the firearm or firearm ammunition is kept from ordinary observation and locked within the trunk, utility or glove box, or a locked container securely affixed to the motor vehicle or boat; requires the owner of a firearm to report the loss or theft of the firearm to law enforcement within 24 hours of the discovery of the loss or theft. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

When we do not take responsibility or police ourselves, there will be somebody who thinks knows better and will try to restrict our freedoms. This bill is the creation of Representative Mark White (R) (RINO?) from Memphis.  Not a good start for the year when one of the supposed good guys goes a little Daddy Knows Best.

It ranks the hell out of me that rather than come up with something that would motivate positively gun owners to secure guns in vehicles, elected representatives come up with the baseball bat.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “Tennessee General Assembly 2022: HB 2087 – Storage of Guns in Vehicles”
  1. On the page you linked, click on the bill number.
    That will get you a pdf of the bill as filed.

    One thing to note is that if there is no companion Senate bill, it’s not going anywhere.

    1. Thank You!
      I saw the lack of companion bill, but it is still too early, and I am all up for early warnings, so others do not get ideas.

      Till I get more accustomed to TN, I am afraid you guys will have to deal with my shotgun-patterning approach.

  2. Oh, and the proscribed punishment is that you have to take a safety class. No fines, no jail time.

    I still don’t want it on the books because it would make stopping for gas on the way to the range with a rifle in your suv illegal unless you had it in a safe mounted in the rear.

    1. I just read that part, but I have 2 worries: 1) Stats will be kept and more than likely used against us and 2) Somebody will eventually want to add a fine or something nastier down the road.
      A camel’s nose under the tent and all that.

  3. A camel’s nose indeed, said nose leaking out from Kalifornia. Had my FFL there for almost 20 years, escaped to Texas in 2015. IIRC, firearms cannot be “accessible from the passenger compartment”. Glove box and center console don’t count, must be separate locked container although no fixed to vehicle requirement. Ammo must be separate, and mags unloaded. Loaded mags are considered the same as a loaded weapon.

  4. HOUSE BILL 156
    Patricia Roybal Caballero

    AN ACT

    SECTION 1. A new section of Chapter 30, Article 7 NMSA 1978 is enacted to read:
    A. As used in this section, “large capacity magazine” means a magazine, box, drum, tube, feed strip or other container that is capable of holding more than fifteen rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously and directly into a semi-automatic firearm.”Large capacity magazine” does not mean:
    (1) a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than fifteen rounds;
    (2) an attached tubular device that is designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition;
    (3) a tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm; or
    (4) a feeding device that was manufactured or sold solely for use by a lever-action or bolt-action rifle or shotgun, by an antique firearm or by a firearm determined to be a curio or relic by the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives.
    B. Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful to possess, use, manufacture, import, purchase, sell, loan, borrow or transfer a large capacity magazine within the state.
    C. A person who violates this section is guilty of a fourth degree felony.
    D. The criminal offense described in Subsection B of this section shall not apply to:
    (1) a government officer, agent or employee, a member of the armed forces of the United States or a law enforcement officer who is authorized to carry a firearm in the course and scope of the duties of the government officer, agent or employee, member of the armed forces of the United States or law enforcement officer;
    (2) the manufacture of a large capacity magazine by a federally licensed firearms manufacturer for the purpose of sale to any branch of the armed forces of the United States or to a law enforcement agency for use by that agency or its employees;
    (3) a federal, state or local historical society, museum or institutional collection that is open to the public; provided that the large capacity magazine is properly housed and unloaded;
    (4) a resident of another state who transports a large capacity magazine into this state for use exclusively in an established shooting competition;
    (5) a forensic laboratory, or any authorized agent or employee of a forensic laboratory, for use exclusively in the course and scope of the agent’s or employee’s authorized activities; or
    (6) an entity that operates an armored vehicle business and an authorized employee of that entity while in the course and scope of the employee’s employment.”
    SECTION 2. APPROPRIATION.–One million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the department of public safety for expenditure in fiscal year 2023 to carry out the provisions of this act. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2023 shall revert to the general fund.
    SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.–The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2022.
    – 4 –

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