Groups call for movement on gun safety legislation
A coalition of advocacy groups is calling on the Tennessee General Assembly to take gun safety seriously as a special legislative session on the issue moves into a second week.
The sixteen organizations expressed their disappointment with what they describe as the legislature's current inaction in the first week of the session.
The statement said:
"No matter who we love or where we are from, and no matter our races, genders, immigration status, and backgrounds, all Tennessee lives are valuable and we all deserve the freedom to live in communities safe from gun violence where we can live at peace and thrive. This special session on 'public safety' was an opportunity for our elected leaders to pass gun safety legislation that the majority of Tennesseans support such as such as enhanced background checks and permitting processes to ensure that those who pose a danger to themselves or others do not have access to firearms, laws that ensure that firearms are stored properly to prevent children from accidentally accessing firearms, and limits on high capacity magazines."
The groups said that despite lack of action so far, they will keep working for their stated policy goals.
The groups making up the coalition include:
Protect Kids Not Guns TN
African American Clergy Collective of Tennessee
Tennessee Equality Project
Memphis for All
Rise & Shine Tennessee
Southern Christian Coalition
Protect My Care
TN Advocates for Planned Parenthood
The Equity Alliance
March for Our Lives