GOP Governor Tightens Down on Gun Control?

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( – On Tuesday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed an executive order that would increase background checks, while also calling for red flag laws to be passed by the General Assembly. During a news conference, Lee argued that this order would help ensure the “safe, lawful purchase of firearms in Tennessee.”

He further added in the legislation that it was necessary for them to address the current shortcomings in gun laws. Lee added that while the laws they have in place right now have proved to be effective in some circumstances, including cases of domestic violence, they also needed to address what protection laws were necessary to guarantee the well-being and safety of the “broader population” from those who were a danger to both “themselves or to the population.”

Red flag laws are often similar to protection laws, as they essentially give authorities the right to remove firearms from someone’s possession if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. President Joe Biden last year signed bipartisan gun legislation that provided states grants for implementing red flag laws.

Police have disclosed regarding the Nashville school shooter that they suffered from an emotional disorder and that they had hidden the weapons in their parents’ home.

With a Republican majority, it is unclear if this bill is going to be taken up by the legislative session. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, who is also the speaker of the Senate, stated that while he supports the Second Amendment he also believes that those “experiencing mental health crises” should not be able to get “access to weapons that can be used in mass casualty events.”

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