NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Many are calling it “gun week” on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill, while others prefer that it’s simply a lot of bills dealing with Second Amendment rights.
Either way you look at it, state lawmakers are scheduled to begin work Tuesday on a variety of firearms bills that have packed calendars in at least two committees.
First up is the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and has more than two dozen “gun” bills slated for discussion and possible votes.
A day later on Wednesday at 3 p.m., the House Civil Justice Subcommittee takes up a calendar with many of the same bills.
“Historically we have lost freedoms to our Constitution, especially the Second Amendment,” east Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Durham told News 2 on Monday. “So when we have some good bills that could possibly make it through the Legislature and bring back freedoms that have been taken away, I am going to embrace them whole heartedly.”
Rep. Faison’s views are typical of many conservative Republican lawmakers who make up huge majorities in both houses in the Tennessee General Assembly.
One of the more vocal groups who will be opposing the “gun bills” is the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“We want to advocate for gun safety, for common sense legislation; we feel the bills they are presenting are very dangerous,” said Kathleen Chandler Wright, who is a volunteer with the Tennessee chapter of the Moms group.
There are three bills getting a lot of attention from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
One of them is a bill that that would allow a person to carry a firearm, unless otherwise prohibited, without a handgun carry permit.
“They don’t necessarily have to have a background check; they don’t have to have any safety training whatsoever,” Wright told News 2.
Her group is also focused on measures that would allow removes prohibitions from firearms in public schools and parks.