Sixty-five bills on the House side and about a dozen gun related. Withe the usual IANAL caveat and knowing I am still a virgin on the Volunteer State legislative process, I am going to take a swing at one or more of the bills daily. And no outward Red Flag Bill, but one or two may be considered as letting the camel’s nose under the tent.
And as usual, a direct link to the text of the bill so you can read it for yourself and form an educated opinion.
Let us begin.
HB 7001 by Thompson (D): Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, specifies that classes that qualify as training for issuance of an enhanced handgun carry permit or concealed handgun carry permit must include training on the use of gun locks. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14; Title 39, Chapter 17 and Chapter 445 of the Public Acts of 2023. (TEXT)
Even drafted by a Democrat, I have no issues with instruction on keeping guns safely secured.
HB 7005 by Bulso (R): Schools, Private – As introduced, clarifies that a private school serving students in any of the grades pre-kindergarten through twelve is authorized to adopt a handgun carry policy for the private school’s property. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1 and Title 49, Chapter 50. (TEXT)
Not seeing an issue if a private school decided it is OK for staff and parents to carry a firearm in their property. Baby steps.
HB 7010 by Parkinson (D): Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, creates the Class D felony of knowingly inducing or coercing a minor under 18 to commit theft of a firearm or a robbery or burglary offense involving theft of a firearm. – Amends TCA Title 39. (TEXT)
How come this is not already a felony? Not only stealing a gun but ANY kind of felony?
Read and give me your thoughts in the comments.
More to come tomorrow.