HB 7036 by Sexton (R): Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Dept. of – As introduced, changes prerequisites for emergency detention and admission to a treatment facility from “immediate” substantial likelihood of serious harm to “imminent” substantial likelihood of serious harm. – Amends TCA Title 16; Title 33; Title 41 and Title 68. (TEXT)
Another bad bill IMHO. Too generic and ripe to be abused since there is no specifics on how and who determined who is mentally ill or is a potential danger.
HB 7043 by Barrett (R): Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, authorizes persons with an enhanced handgun carry permit to carry a handgun on school property unless the person knows that the respective school provides armed security on the school property; removes certain exemptions of a law enforcement officer’s authority to possess a firearm on school property; authorizes certain community corrections officers to possess a handgun on school property. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 49. (TEXT)
Although it does not go far enough to cover parents or representatives, this bill authorizes anybody working in a school and with an enhanced permit to carry a firearm. This is a lesson probably learned from Florida where school districts did not allow for the School Marshall program nor cared if there was an RSO available.
HB 7047 by Davis A (D): Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, creates a Class E felony of threatened mass violence for the reckless handling, display, or discharge of a firearm while operating, or as a passenger in, a motor vehicle. – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 55. (TEXT)
I am going out on a limb and imagine it is already against the law to threaten somebody with a firearm may it be pedestrian or mobile. Just making it “illegaler” is not solving anything plus the “display” part makes me fear that an overeager LEO pull a felony stop because somebody has grandpa’s shotgun in the gun rack of the old pick-up truck.
And I forgot in the last post, but this is the full list of bills so far presented for the special session.
More to come.