published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Coalition calls for fixing 'loopholes' in Tennessee’s handgun-carrying permit checking process

NASHVILLE — Prosecutors, sheriffs and police chiefs are asking lawmakers to fix what they say are loopholes in Tennessee’s handgun-carry permit monitoring process.

The Tennessee Public Safety Coalition says among other things, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the source of background checks, isn’t always getting the information it needs from local officials.

Among other things, the bill would require psychiatric hospitals or other facilities handling involuntary commitments, to notify court clerks of the action.

At the same time, the legislation would require court clerks send that information as well as information about felony indictments and domestic abuse to the TBI.

The information isn’t always getting through right now, officials said.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, is one of a raft of bills coalition members said are intended to address pressing, statewide safety concerns.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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