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New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

After an 18-month investigation, New York’s attorney general Letitia James announced today that the state of New York filed a lawsuit calling for the dissolution of the National Rifle Association over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. The lawsuit highlights misspending and self-dealing allegations that have

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Where do the illegal guns flooding our communities and driving violent crimes come from? In Tennessee, many are stolen from vehicles – and an astonishing number of them are stolen from vehicles left unlocked. In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law to allow gun owners with gun permits to store guns in their vehicles, even on property that

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Once again, Tennessee One of the Worst States for Black Homicide Victimization

Black Homicide Victimization is an annual report prepared by the Violence Policy Center representing an analysis of the unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data for black homicide victimization submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Tennessee is yet again one of the worst states in the entire country for black homicide victimization. In Tennessee, the most recent Violence Policy

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Legislative Update

On Thursday, June 4th, the House Judiciary committee voted to place the controversial permitless carry bill and its seven figure fiscal note “behind the budget”, meaning the legislation will only be considered after other budget considerations are addressed. This year, the state of Tennessee faces a $1 billion budget shortfall, so it is extremely unlikely that the House will take

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Permitless Carry Bill Advances in House

As Tennessee continues to grapple with both the public health concerns around reopening the state and the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on families and businesses, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the controversial permitless carry bill (HB2817/SB2671) introduced earlier in the legislative session. Permitless carry would eliminate the requirement to obtain a background check and gun

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