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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 3, 2021 TN SB 1335 Classifies Tennessee as a "Second Amendment Sanctuary State" Bill Passed - House (75 - 13)
March 29, 2021 TN SB 765 Authorizes Individuals 21 Years Old and Older to Either Openly Carry or Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
March 18, 2021 TN SB 765 Authorizes Individuals 21 Years Old and Older to Either Openly Carry or Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
March 16, 2017 TN HB 688 Authorizes Carry of Firearms on Boats Bill Passed - House (79 - 12)
April 20, 2016 TN SB 2376 Authorizes University of Tennessee Employees to Carry a Handgun on Campus Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)
April 19, 2016 TN SB 2376 Authorizes University of Tennessee Employees to Carry a Handgun on Campus Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
April 16, 2015 TN HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 6)
April 16, 2015 TN HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 25)
April 13, 2015 TN SB 1110 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws Bill Passed - House (74 - 20)
April 13, 2015 TN SB 874 Authorizes Exploding Targets for Sporting Use Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 3)
April 6, 2015 TN HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 17)
April 1, 2015 TN HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
March 30, 2015 TN HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Bill Passed - House (65 - 21)
March 23, 2015 TN SB 1058 Prohibits the Termination of Employees for Storing Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (78 - 14)
March 23, 2015 TN SB 1058 Prohibits the Termination of Employees for Storing Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
Feb. 13, 2014 TN SB 1496 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Carry a Handgun in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
March 11, 2013 TN HB 9 Prohibits Disclosure of Handgun Permits Bill Passed - House (84 - 10)
Feb. 28, 2013 TN SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - House (72 - 22)
Feb. 11, 2013 TN SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
June 4, 2010 TN SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed - House (61 - 30)
May 27, 2010 TN SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
June 4, 2009 TN HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
June 3, 2009 TN HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed - House (69 - 27)
May 4, 2009 TN HB 959 Close Handgun Permit Records Bill Passed - House (83 - 12)
April 16, 2009 TN HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
April 6, 2009 TN HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - House (70 - 26)
March 19, 2009 TN HB 390 Allowing Loaded "Long Guns" in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (82 - 10)
March 12, 2009 TN HB 254 Eliminating Thumbprint Requirement for Gun Purchases Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
Jan. 16, 2008 TN SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
May 31, 2007 TN SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/03 SB 1335 Classifies Tennessee as a "Second Amendment Sanctuary State" Bill Passed - House (75 - 13)
3/29 SB 765 Authorizes Individuals 21 Years Old and Older to Either Openly Carry or Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - House (64 - 29)
3/18 SB 765 Authorizes Individuals 21 Years Old and Older to Either Openly Carry or Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 9)
3/16 HB 688 Authorizes Carry of Firearms on Boats Bill Passed - House (79 - 12)
4/20 SB 2376 Authorizes University of Tennessee Employees to Carry a Handgun on Campus Bill Passed - House (69 - 24)
4/19 SB 2376 Authorizes University of Tennessee Employees to Carry a Handgun on Campus Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
4/16 HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 6)
4/16 HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 25)
4/13 SB 1110 Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Gun Laws Bill Passed - House (74 - 20)
4/13 SB 874 Authorizes Exploding Targets for Sporting Use Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 3)
4/06 HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 17)
4/01 HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
3/30 HB 995 Authorizes Firearms in Public Parks Bill Passed - House (65 - 21)
3/23 SB 1058 Prohibits the Termination of Employees for Storing Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (78 - 14)
3/23 SB 1058 Prohibits the Termination of Employees for Storing Firearms in Vehicles Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
2/13 SB 1496 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Carry a Handgun in Public Parks Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
3/11 HB 9 Prohibits Disclosure of Handgun Permits Bill Passed - House (84 - 10)
2/28 SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - House (72 - 22)
2/11 SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 5)
6/04 SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed - House (61 - 30)
5/27 SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
6/04 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed - Senate (21 - 9)
6/03 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed - House (69 - 27)
5/04 HB 959 Close Handgun Permit Records Bill Passed - House (83 - 12)
4/16 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 7)
4/06 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - House (70 - 26)
3/19 HB 390 Allowing Loaded "Long Guns" in Vehicles Bill Passed - House (82 - 10)
3/12 HB 254 Eliminating Thumbprint Requirement for Gun Purchases Bill Passed - House (82 - 11)
1/16 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 6)
5/31 SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 5)

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