Tennessee House Passes Restaurant Carry Bill
5:32 p.m. FINAL UPDATE: The House passes HB0962, the guns-in-restaurants bill that would allow handgun carry permit holders to carry their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol. The bill, as amended, would ban those weapons from restaurants from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it currently sits in committee. The House vote, 70-26, would be enough to override a potential veto by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has said heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make his decision when/if a bill comes to his desk.
I have to say, I am very pleased that our representatives stood up for our second amendment rights this afternoon. The Senate gets the next crack at it followed by Governor Bredesen. The Senate has had enough support the last few years, the House has been the problem. Hopefully they pass it soon and Bredesen can sign it into law. If passed, it is supposed to go into effect July 1st.
There are a few other bills concerning parks coming up soon that will interest those with their carry permit as well.
11. *HB0716 - Handgun Permits - As introduced, allows any resident who has a valid handgun carry permit to possess a handgun while within the boundaries of any state park. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.
12. *HB0960 - Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, authorizes person with handgun carry permit to possess firearm in local, state, or federal parks. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 70.
If you have the time, contact your representatives and let them know how you feel about these bills.