Compromise Reached On Bill Preventing Gov. From Seizing Firearms

Nashville (AP) -- Governor Bredesen says he's come to an agreement with Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris on new language for a measure that would prevent a Governor from seizing privately owned firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency.

Norris, of Collierville, delayed a scheduled vote on the measure until Wednesday.

Bredesen said he doesn't disagree with the premise of the bill, but noted that he wants to guard against an erosion of executive power when a governor needs it most.

The companion bill is scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the House Government Operations Committee.

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