Democrats Slam Empty Gun Safety Session

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Democrats claim there's been no "real debate" on substantive gun safety reforms

The leader of the Tennessee Senate's Democratic Caucus is blasting what she says is a special legislative session on public safety that so far has been devoid of any serious debate on gun reform.

Sen. London Lamar of Memphis said of the first week of the session:

“Like many concerned parents, we came to this special session to fight for legislation to protect our children from gun violence. But Republicans would not even allow a debate on real gun safety solutions. It’s an embarrassment. This special session has been an insult to victims and survivors of gun violence.”

Republican Gov. Bill Lee asked lawmakers in his party to consider legislation that would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from a person who poses a credible danger to themselves or others.

However, members of Lee's party, who have a supermajority in the Senate, refused to consider this proposal and also blocked gun safety proposals offered by Democrats.

The legislature is slated to return to session next week.
Senate Democratic Caucus Chair London LamarPhoto bySenate Democratic Caucus

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Andy Spears is a middle Tennessee writer and policy advocate. He reports on news around public policy issues - education, health care, consumer protection, and more.

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