Gov. Lee Is Unconvinced Regarding Red Flag Laws

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday said that he won’t commit to supporting red flag laws as he is not convinced that it is the best path forward for the state, The Tennessean reports. The laws seek to curb gun violence by authorizing courts to issue special orders of protection, allowing law enforcement to temporarily confiscate firearms from people that a judge rules are a danger to themselves or others. When asked by reporters about his stance on such measures, Lee replied: "I haven't analyzed that option yet … It's early for us to talk about which direction we want to go." Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, in February introduced SB1178 that would allow an extreme risk protection order be filed in General Sessions based on “clear and convincing evidence that the respondent poses a significant risk of causing personal injury to the respondent or others by possessing a firearm;” however, that bill stalled in the General Assembly. 

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