Democratic senators and representatives from Tennessee will be present Friday at the White House when President Joe Biden is expected to announce a new office on gun violence prevention.
A legal challenge to a controversial statehouse rule has been settled.
When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called for a special session on public safety, he left out a chance for any gun reform legislation to be passed. With that off the table, Republican lawmakers focused on bills related to mental health and juvenile sentencing. Now, session is over, and many feel not enough was done.
HB7008, a “duty to report” bill, would require mental health professionals to take “certain steps” to protect potential victims if they determine that one of their patients has an intention to commit bodily harm.
Authorities are expecting protests much of this week as the Tennessee General Assembly meets for a special session. In fact, city police are encouraging folks who commute downtown to instead work from home in anticipation of crowds.
“As a native Tennessean and a gun owner, I think it’s important to emphasize we are proponents of responsible gun ownership. However, I think it’s important to intervene when there are clear signs that something is wrong,” said co-founder and parent Melissa Alexander.
One WPLN listener asks the candidates: How are you going to protect our children at school?
Most public schools in the state will start this August, shortly before a special session on gun reform starts. That has some advocates speculating that Gov. Bill Lee had that in mind when he selected Aug. 21.
Gov. Bill Lee signed on Wednesday what he says is the first response to the Covenant School shooting. It’s a school safety package that opponents say does not address the real issue.
After years of indifference, Tennesseans now believe guns is one of the top issues facing the state. That’s one finding in a new poll from Vanderbilt University that is being released Wednesday.