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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