Governmental Affairs Committee

The TBA Governmental Affairs Committee is involved in one of the core missions of the association – advocacy for the profession and for our system of justice.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
P O Box 340025
Nashville, TN 37203
Immediate Past Chair
Smith Harris Carr
511 Union St Ste 710
Nashville, TN 37219
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Sen. Harris Proposes Tennessee Ban on Bump Stock Possession

State Sen. Lee Harris (D-Memphis) introduced a bill in the Tennessee legislature Wednesday that would ban the possession of bump stock devices, The Commercial Appeal reports. Bump stocks, which speed up the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons, have come under scrutiny since the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was found to have used them. The National Rifle Association has expressed support for regulating bump stocks since the shooting occurred, but has opposed an outright ban. Harris acknowledged that the NRA’s power over Tennessee legislators would make his bill difficult to pass, but said he’s hopeful to “change the hearts and minds of at least somebody on the other side of the aisle.”
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Former Congressman Fincher ‘Very Close’ to Entering Senate Race

Former U.S. Congressman Stephen Fincher said yesterday that he is “very close” to entering the race to replace U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who announced he would not seek reelection earlier this year, the Memphis Daily News reports. Fincher, a Republican, said he believes voters want Republicans who will “stand up with President Trump, who is right on all of the policy.” He said he will formally announce his decision later this week. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has already announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination, while attorney James Mackler and, potentially, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, will run on the Democratic side.
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