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VOL. 124 | NO. 117 | Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tenn. Senate Passes Gun Proposal for Off-Duty Officers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has passed a proposal that would allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their weapons in Tennessee establishments that serve alcohol.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland was approved 26-6 on Tuesday.

The companion bill was overwhelmingly approved by the House earlier this month, but House members must agree to minor changes by the Senate before the measure heads to the governor for his consideration.

Bunch says the bill is necessary to make sure law enforcement officers receive the same privileges as handgun permit holders under a new law that takes effect July 14. Under the measure, handguns can be carried in bars and in restaurants that serve alcohol.

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Read SB1273 and HB0962 at http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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