I just receive this from the Tennessee Firearms Association:
HB0962 Restaurant Carry
I cannot stress enough that we need more phone calls and emails to legislators about passing HB0962 in the House and Senate without the House restrictions. The Senate version of the bill strips out these restrictions. We expect, at this point, for the bills to be in both Houses on Thursday the 30th of April and to be potentially in and out of conference by that time.
There are several parks bills moving and efforts are being made to consolidate these different bills into one bill by amendment. This would be preferable to minimize the chance for conflicting language and/or provisions related to federal, state and local parks. We are also hearing "objections" to issues pertaining to wildlife management areas and refuges. One of the largest attacks we are seeing at this time is coming from the Tennessee Municipal League and other organizations that claim to represent local governments and local law enforcement which are objecting to the State setting a standard rule for permit holders and parks. Instead, these local governments want to totally control not only the parks that they actually claim to "own" (does the government really own anything relative to the citizens?) but they also essentially want a local veto over carrying in state or perhaps even federal parks in their jurisdiction. We need substantial call and email volume in opposition to allowing local governments to control local parks because it will clearly result in a situation where there is no standard to be applied statewide regarding permit holders and the use of public parks.
We need emails and phone calls if we want these bills to pass!!!