Skip to comments.House overrides Bredesen's gun bill veto(TN)
Posted on 06/06/2010 3:04:48 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae
NASHVILLE - Without debate, the House voted 61-30 Friday night to override Gov. Phil Bredesen's veto of a bill that allows people with handgun carry permits to take their weapons into businesses selling alcoholic beverages.
It marks the second time the governor's veto of a so-called "guns in bars" law has been overridden. Last year's override allowed the law to become effective, but it was then voided by a Nashville judge.
This year's version of bill SB3012 was drafted with the judge's ruling in mind and intended to overcome the judicial objections.
The Senate voted to override the veto last week. Friday night's House vote completes the override process, allowing the bill to become law.
Sponsor Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, told colleagues he had prepared a speech to deliver on the occasion, but "I'm not going to read it. I just ask you to vote your conscience to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families."
Todd said it's not certain yet exactly when the new law will take effect.
"The bill must be engrossed by the clerks' offices and then be sent to the secretary of state to be assigned a public chapter number. That process will take a few days, possibly by the end of next week," Todd said.
The lawmaker said he will monitor the paperwork and announce when it is completed.
Once the law does go into effect, handgun carry permit holders who are caught consuming alcohol while carrying their gun face a Class A misdemeanor charge under Tennessee's criminal code, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to 11 months, 29 days in jail. In addition, a permit-holder convicted of consuming alcohol in a place serving alcohol must forfeit the carry permit for three years.
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Thankfully, enough of them did.
Still ridiculously onerous. Many states have no restriction on permit holders consuming a beverage responsibly and still being able to protect themselves and their family. This bill makes that a misdemeanor.
Whackjob shooters can assume bars are gun free zones. I assume this applies to off duty LEO’s too.
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