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Tennessee rejects plan to make it easier for judges to carry guns in courtrooms

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

2011 saw a slew of bills introduced and enacted to make it easier for people in general, and judges in particular, to carry firearms into courthouses and courtrooms. Tennessee, for example, enacted HB 2039 / SB 1775 which authorized judges to carry firearms into a courtroom. However, under the law, the judge must : have a handgun carry permit successfully completes 16 hours of POST court security training successfully completes eight hours of POST firearm training on an annual basis be vested with judicial powers and in the actual discharge of those official duties as a judge

The fourth provision was aimed at limiting a judge's ability to carry to his/her own courtroom.

Dissatisfied with the restrictions, HB 3222 / SB 2942 was introduced. It would effectively eliminate the training requirements (i.e. elements 2 and 3 listed above) from the existing law, allowing any judge with only a carry permit to being a firearm into his or her courtroom.

The matter was heard before the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee's General Sub-committee on March 21. The plan was ultimately rejected on a 2-4 vote with one member voting present. The video was from that hearing.

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