Tenn. House schedules votes on several gun bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Full floor votes have been scheduled for several gun bills that have moved through the Tennessee House with little resistance so far.

The proposals include allowing loaded shotguns and rifles to be transported in vehicles, giving current and retired judges the right to carry guns wherever law enforcement officers can and prohibiting the state Safety Department from collecting information about weapons used in handgun training courses.

Another measure would clarify the current law to say people can use deadly force to defend their personal property if they think their lives are in danger.

The sponsor, Rep. Henry Fincher of Cookeville, says the state's "castle doctrine" needs to cover carjackings.

House floor votes were scheduled for Thursday.

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On the Net:

Read HB0390, HB0082, HB0046 and HB0070 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Connie Location: East TN on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Wow, I am not in California anymore! I like this being able to protect ourselves.
  • by Liz Location: Knox on Mar 17, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    I hope they all pass,we should have more rights as gun owners to carry our weapons,protect ourselves and our property,and to do so without the fear of getting in trouble.Responsible gun owners are not the problem.GOD-bless
  • by Chris Location: Sevierville on Mar 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    I am glad to see TN moving for ANY gun ownership freedoms. I applaud all who vote for this and hope any who vote against it will loose in the next election.

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