Plan To Cut Penalties For Illegal Guns Quashed In Tennessee Legislature | Nashville Public Radio

Plan To Cut Penalties For Illegal Guns Quashed In Tennessee Legislature

Mar 21, 2018

A measure that would have slashed the penalties for carrying a handgun illegally has died in the state legislature.

The Tennessee Senate's Judiciary quietly killed Senate Bill 2427 on Wednesday by declining to take it up for debate.

The proposal had suggested cutting in half the penalty for having a handgun without a valid license and would have eliminated the threat of jail time. The maximum penalty would instead have been a $250 fine. Police also would not have been allowed to confiscate a gun that was being carried illegally.

Law enforcement, gun control groups and the governor's office all opposed the measure. It nevertheless passed the state House of Representatives earlier this month.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee offered no explanation for quashing the measure.

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