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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Black Homicide Victimization is an annual report prepared by the Violence Policy Center representing an analysis of the unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data for black homicide victimization submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).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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GUN THEFTS FROM CARS IN NASHVILLE

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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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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It’s Gun Week on the Hill – But the Public Can’t Participate

As the CDC and Health Departments continue to issue guidance to practice social distancing and cancel meetings to mitigate spread of the Coronavirus, as of Monday afternoon, the Tennessee Legislature plans to continue with the legislative session, but will close the Cordell Hull Building and State Capitol to everyone other than legislators, staff, and members of the media. In other

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Law Enforcement and Firearms Instructors on Permitless Carry: “Why are they doing this? It makes no sense.”

When Governor Lee and others in the Tennessee General Assembly decided to go all in on an an NRA-backed bill that would remove the requirement to obtain a criminal background check and safety training to carry a loaded firearm in public, they knew they would get pushback from citizens and gun violence prevention advocates. And while Tennesseans and advocacy groups

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