Gun Safety Takes Center Stage in Tennessee's 2024 Legislative Session: Key Bills and Ongoing Debate

Jan 23, 2024 at 10:37 am by Chandelar Williams

The 2024 Tennessee legislative session opened with advocacy groups urging lawmakers to address gun safety reform following the Covenant School shooting in March 2023. This incident shaped the conclusion of the 2023 session and an unproductive August special session on public safety.
By mid-January, lawmakers introduced over a dozen firearm-related bills, including HB 1202, allowing school staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. Despite facing criticism, the bill remains active for the 2024 session, poised for a House vote. Progression in the Senate, particularly in the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, adds complexity.
Another proposal, HB 1631, seeks clarity by allowing private schools to adopt a handgun carry policy. Sponsored by Rep. Gino Bulso and Sen. Joey Hensely, it addresses concerns about handgun policies in private schools serving kindergarten through 12th grade.
Both bills reflect the ongoing dialogue on gun policies in Tennessee during the 2024 session, emphasizing the state's commitment to addressing this critical issue.
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