Tennessee Firearms Association: Retired Cops Are Not Special Citizens

Legislative Action Committee Alert from Tennessee Firearms Association; March 21, 2011:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Senate Floor — Monday at 5:00 pm — Senate Chamber

SB 0850

Henry GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION: Updates terminology regarding individuals with disabilities. Updates terminology related to individuals with disabilities throughout TN Code. Clarifies that nothing in the bill is meant to alter eligibility for services for individuals who are covered by these provisions prior to passage. Deletes the requirement that no marriage license shall be granted if either applicant is “insane” or “an imbecile”. (16 pp.) AMENDMENT: House Health and Human Resources amendment 2, Senate General Welfare amendment 1 deletes Section 29 of the original bill. Section 29 of the original bill deleted the language “insane or an imbecile” in the statute that prohibits a marriage license from being issued when it appears that the applicants or either of them is at the time drunk, insane, or an imbecile. (HOUSE: HB 1089, Casada; Set for House floor 03/24/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: February 28, 2011 Not significant.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Senate State & Local Government Committee — Tuesday at 10:30 am — LP 12

The committee will hear a presentation on Tennessee Wineries and Agriculture in Tennessee by Michael Reedy and Don Collier. MEMBERS: Chair Yager (R), Vice Chair Tracy (R), Secretary L. Finney (D), Campfield (R), Faulk (R), Harper (D), Haynes (D), Ketron (R), Norris (R).

SB 0954

Yager CRIMINAL LAW: Additional crimes that prohibit restoration of voting right. Adds certain criminal convictions, containing the same elements and designated as a felony in any other state or federal court, to the current list of crimes that prohibit persons from being eligible to vote. (HOUSE: HB 1117, Todd; House State & Local Government 03/08/2011 recommended. Sent to House Calendar & Rules.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 7, 2011 Not significant.

House General Subcommittee of Conservation & Environment — Tuesday at 10:30 am — LP 30

MEMBERS: Chair Lollar (R), Vice Chair Floyd (R), Curtiss (D), Gilmore (D), Hawk (R), Kernell (D), Marsh (R), Niceley (R), Swann (R), Tidwell (D).

HB 0113

Windle ENVIRONMENT & NATURE: Overton County: authorizes hunting wild boar at all times. Authorizes hunting wild boar at all times in Overton County. (SENATE: SB 0104, Burks; Set for Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee 03/23/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 4, 2011 Not significant.

HB 1386

Windle ENVIRONMENT & NATURE: Hunting of wild boar in Overton County. Authorizes hunting wild boar at all times in Overton County. (SENATE: SB 1695, Burks; Set for Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee 03/23/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 4, 2011 Not significant.

Senate Judiciary Committee — Tuesday at 3:30 pm — LP 12

MEMBERS: Chair Beavers (R), Vice Chair Overbey (R), Secretary Bell (R) Barnes (D), Campfield (R), Ford (D), Kelsey (R), Marrero (D), Yager (R).

SB 0690

Norris CRIMINAL LAW: Penalty for discharging a firearm into a habitation. Increases the penalties for reckless endangerment regarding discharging a firearm into a habitation. (HOUSE: HB 1068, Rich; House General Subcommittee of Judiciary deferred to 04/06/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 2, 2011 Increase state expenditures – $115,100/incarceration.

SB 0837

Bell CRIMINAL LAW: Bounty hunters required to have criminal background check. Requires bounty hunters to undergo a criminal background check. (HOUSE: HB 1305, Dean; Referred to House General Subcommittee of Judiciary.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 7, 2011 Increase local revenue – $60,000/one-time/permissive. Increase local expenditures – $60,000/one-time/permissive.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

House General Subcommittee of Finance Addendum — Wednesday at 11:00 am — LP 29

HB 395 has been placed on an addendum per announcement on the House floor on 3/17/2011. MEMBERS: Chair Harrison (R), Vice Chair C. Johnson (R), K. Brooks (R), L. DeBerry (D), Fitzhugh (D), Matheny (R), McCormick (R), McDaniel (R), Naifeh (D), Odom (D), Roach (R), Sargent (R), Shaw (D), Tindell (D).

HB 0395

Watson E.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: Carrying of firearm by retired law enforcement officers. Requires a retired law officer certified to carry firearms that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce in the same manner and to the same extent as an active officer by satisfying specified conditions to meet standards established by the Tennessee POST commission every four years. Specifies that authorization under this method to carry a firearm in not valid outside the state of Tennessee. AMENDMENT: House Judiciary amendment 1, as amended, rewrites the bill. Codifies the procedure by which the POST Commission may issue Tennessee firearm carry certifications to retired law enforcement officers. Requires the officer to have fingerprints taken by the sheriff’s office located in the officer’s county of residence. Permits the sheriff’s office to charge a fingerprint fee up to 6 dollars. Codifies the procedure the sheriff’s office must follow for the fingerprint application process. Requires POST, upon receipt of the fingerprints from the sheriff’s office, to send them and the application to the TBI. Requires the TBI to conduct specified background searches within 30 days from receipt of the fingerprints. Requires TBI to send one set of fingerprints to the FBI for a criminal history record check, and to forward all of the results to POST. Requires POST to deny the application if the officer does not meet eligibility requirements. Increases, from annually to every four years, the time period of recertification for retired law enforcement officers who desire to carry firearms in Tennessee. (SENATE: SB 0558, McNally; Referred to Senate Judiciary.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: February 21, 2011 Not significant.

TFA Comment. TFA generally does not support legislation, such as this, which has the effect of creating different classes of civilians who can carry firearms for self-defense. Retired officers are citizens, they are not a special class of citizens. Retired officers should be required to obtain civilian handgun permits through the same process and burdens as other working and retired citizens.

Senate Environment, Conservation & Tourism Committee — Wednesday at 2:00 pm — LP 12

MEMBERS: Chair Southerland (R), Vice Chair Johnson (R), Secretary Summerville (R), Bell (R), Faulk (R), Herron (D), Marrero (D), Roberts (R), Stewart (D).

SB 0104

Burks ENVIRONMENT & NATURE: Overton County: authorizes hunting wild boar at all times. Authorizes hunting wild boar at all times in Overton County. (HOUSE: HB 0113, Windle; Set for House General Subcommittee of Conservation & Environment 03/22/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 4, 2011 Not significant.

SB 1695

Burks ENVIRONMENT & NATURE: Hunting of wild boar in Overton County. Authorizes hunting wild boar at all times in Overton County. (HOUSE: HB 1386, Windle; Set for House General Subcommittee of Conservation & Environment 03/22/2011.) FISCAL NOTE: Dated: March 4, 2011 Not significant.