Contact City Leaders and Ask Them to Urge Governor Haslam to Veto Expansive New NRA Legislation

On May 9, the Tennessee senate passed a bill that will require local governments to set up metal detectors and provide security to keep guns out of places like government buildings public transportation, and city-owned venues including zoos, museums, state fairs, and more. If they don’t comply with the prescribed and extremely expensive security measures, localities could be sued by individuals and “membership organizations” such as gun rights groups. Those organizations would be awarded triple their attorney’s fees if they prevail.  Should a city be unable to afford to comply with the prescribed security measures or if they do not want to risk being sued, they are left with only one option: allowing guns in these places.

This bill leaves cities with three choices – spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase metal detection devices and hire security personnel, spend millions of taxpayer dollars fighting the gun lobby in court, or allow guns in these places, despite the public safety concerns voiced by law enforcement and mayors.

We call upon Governor Haslam to veto this bill.  We call upon him to listen to the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.  We call upon him to listen to the mayors of these cities who understand the potential financial burden this bill will cause their cities.

Please contact your city leaders and ask them how they plan to handle this new law.  Will they add millions to their budgets to comply with the prescribed (and extremely expensive) security measures required by the legislation?  Will they continue to operate as they have in the past and risk being sued for triple legal fees?  Or will they give in and allow guns in these places?  Please urge them to call upon the governor to veto this bill, HB508.  Let them know you oppose an outside lobbying group bullying cities into spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars or allowing guns onto our buses, into our government buildings, our zoos, fairs, and festivals.

Nashville

Mayor Megan Barry
615- 862 – 6000
megan.barry@nashville.gov

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson
615-862-7301
chiefofpolice@nashville.gov

Find and contact your Metro Nashville city council member
http://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Council/Council-Districts.aspx

Thousands of Metro Nashville middle and high school students who attend out of zone schools are issued free passes to ride MTA buses to and from school during the school year. This bill, should it be passed, could result in guns being carried on buses packed with metro students.
Metro Nashville School Board
615-259-4636
familyinfo@mnps.org

Knoxville

Mayor Madeline Rogero
865-215-2040
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch
chiefofpolice@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-7000

Map of Knoxville city council districts
http://knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_council/city_council_districts/

Council members
http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_council/city_council_members

Chattanooga

Mayor Andy Berke
(423) 643-7800
mayor@chattanooga.gov

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher
(423) 643-5000
No email information available

Map of Chattanooga city council districts
http://209.235.166.42/councilmap/index.html

Chattanooga Council members
http://www.chattanooga.gov/city-council/council-members

Memphis

Mayor Jim Strickland
(901) 636-6000
mayor@memphistn.gov

Memphis Police Director Mike Rallins
901-636-3700
policedirector@memphistn.gov

Find your city council member
http://www.shelbyvote.com/index.aspx?NID=122

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