Conservatives in the state House dismissed a bill seeking to protect victims of domestic violence by requiring police to check accused offenders for guns. In instances where a judge issues an order of protection for the victim, House Bill 0568 would have required local law enforcement to conduct an in-person check to ensure the person…

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A bill that would create a new concealed handgun carry permit process that requires no fee and only a two-hour, online-training certificate will be heard again March 6. Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, District 76, presented HB1264 to House Judiciary Committee members on Feb. 26. The bill passed by voice vote with three Democratic members requesting…

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Republicans in the Tennessee House of Representatives have introduced a bill that will reduce the penalty for carrying an unlawful handgun and allow the person to keep it. The bill (HB 0042) would create special rights for persons found to be possessing a handgun without “a written directive or a handgun carry permit” — separate…

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