NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today praised the passage of a bill designed to prevent those with mental illness from obtaining firearms. The bill’s chief Senate sponsor is Senator Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin).
“Mass violence of any sort is a tragic occurrence. But the worst tragedy results when the state overreacts to a mass shooting by restricting the Second Amendment rights of the law-abiding,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “This bill focuses not on inanimate objects but on the very real issue of mental health.”
“I have always believed that a well-armed society is polite society,” Ramsey continued. “By focusing on the mentally ill, we will focus on those who should not have weapons while leaving the law-abiding gun owner free to exercise his God-given constitutional right.”
Senate Bill 789 requires increased frequency of reporting by mental health professionals to authorities when a person has been involuntarily committed, ruled mentally defective or threatened serious bodily harm to others. Information reported is kept confidential and used only for the purpose of processing a background check for the purchase of firearms.