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Phil Bredesen on Gun Control

Democratic TN Governor

 


Veto firearms permits in bars: guns and alcohol don't mix

Governor Phil Bredesen today vetoed House Bill 962, which would permit the possession of firearms in Tennessee restaurants and bars. "I am a strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms," Bredesen said. "However, these rights come with reasonable and necessary rules and guidelines. This bill crosses the line of reason. I have been a gun owner for over 50 years. When I was a young man, I took my first gun safety class. There was one message conveyed during that class: guns and alcohol don't mix. That's as true today as it was then. It is because of this principle that Tennessee state law has long prohibited the possession of firearms in places that serve alcohol. House Bill 962 would remove this safeguard in a manner that I believe would be reckless."

"I believe we can exercise our second amendment rights and common sense at the same time--and guns and bars simply don't mix. Because of this, I am vetoing this bill and respectfully asking the legislature to rethink this issue."

Source: Gov. Press release on Tennessee voting record HB 962 , May 28, 2009

Against new restrictions; for gun safety education

Bredesen believes in the Second Amendment. He will not support or pass new gun control laws that infringe on law-abiding citizens. We need to do a better job of maintaining and strengthening the enforcement of existing federal and state laws. Bredesen will work with local and state sporting groups to promote gun safety, education and responsibility - starting with our children.
Source: 2002 Gubernatorial site, Bredesen.com, “Sportsmen’s Rights” , Oct 17, 2002

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