Bill would allow sheriffs to get fee for handgun checks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee sheriffs' departments would be compensated for doing background checks on handgun permit applicants under a bill advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The companion bill has been deferred in a House subcommittee.

Currently, sheriffs must pay for the background checks out of their own budgets. But the proposal would allow them to receive a $15 fee for each one.

Last year, Norris said the Shelby County Sheriff's Department had a nearly $50,000 deficit because of costs for handgun background checks.

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