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Business, Free Enterprise and Constitutional Issues; Pro-Life and Pro Second Amendment. Susan Lynn is a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. She serves as Chairman of the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee, a member of the Finance Ways and Means Committee and the Ethics Committee. She holds a BS in economics and a minor in history.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Help for Families Of First Responders Killed In The Line Of Duty

(NASHVILLE) — Legislation to help the families of first responders killed in the line of duty is on the Governor's desk. Sponsored by State Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) the legislation will allow the family to remain on the deceased health insurance policy for two years after the hero's death. Currently TBI may stay on for six months. 
Lynn credits the origin of the idea to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Police Officer Memorial Service last summer where she shared her family's story of loss. Under House Bill 466, spouses and children of full-time police officers, firefighters and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty will receive health benefits for a period of two years following the death of their loved one. Family members of fallen Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officers would also be covered under this legislation.
"The bill has a very small fiscal note because thankfully, not many lose their lives in service to their communities but for the families of those who do, and as someone whose family lost two police officers in the line of duty long ago when there was no widow's pension, I know the tremendous difficulties the survivors face after their hero's death. This legislation is meant to ease the family's transition after the loss of their loved one who has sacrificed all for the community." Stated Rep. Lynn.
The full text of the bill can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0466.pdf.
The General Assembly also passed a bill to increase the life insurance for police officers killed in the line of duty from $50,000 to $250,000 paid over five years.
Susan Lynn serves as the Chair of the House Consumer Human Resources Subcommittee. Lynn is also a member of the House Consumer; Human Resources, House Finance, Ways & Means and the House Ethics Committee, as well as the Joint Fiscal Review Committee. Lynn can be reached by email at Rep.Susan.Lynn@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7462.


NRA Comments Tennessee General Assembly for 2017 Session

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session


The first year of Tennessee’s 110th General Assembly session adjourned today with many pro-gun victories.  Those bills passed by the General Assembly include:
House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445sponsored by state Senator John Stevens and state Representative William Lamberth, would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on local property unless certain security conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.
House Bill 752 and Senate Bill 983sponsored by state Senator Dolores Gresham and state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow a person, who is granted an order of protection and who is not otherwise a prohibited person according to state or federal law, to immediately carry a firearm after the initial order of protection is issued.  Within 21 calendar days, the petitioner is required to go through an expedited process at the DMV for a background check and will then be issued a temporary permit for an additional 60 days.  This would allow a person under an order of protection to exercise his or her right to self-defense while allowing time to complete the Tennessee handgun carry permit process.
House Bill 27 and Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Representative Timothy Hill (R-3) and Senator Mark Green (R-22), would exempt active-duty military service members and veterans who have specialties as military police, special operations, or Special Forces from concealed carry permit firing range requirements.
Senate Bill 1339 and House Bill 688, sponsored by Senator Paul Bailey (R-15) and state Representative James Van Huss (R-6), would allow a person to possess or carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, in a motorized boat.
Senate Bill 1077 and House Bill 995, sponsored by Senator John Lundberg and Representative Dawn White, clarifies that when public property is “used” by a school where firearms could be prohibited. This legislation requires students to be present and the activity to be a school-sanctioned event.  This would prohibit situations where schools may be storing athletic equipment in local parks and claiming that the park is being “used” by the school. 
Additionally, your NRA-ILA fought hard against more than a dozen anti-gun bills that did not move through the legislative process.  A couple of the more extreme bills that aimed to infringe on your rights, including:
House Bill 961 and Senate Bill 670, sponsored by Representative Johnnie Turner (D-85) and Senator Lee Harris, would allow the issuance of a temporary order of protection preventing a person to possess a firearm based on a law enforcement officer’s judgement that the person is a danger to another person.  This bill would violate your right to due process. 
House Bill 962 and Senate Bill 671, sponsored by Representative Harold M. Love, Jr. (D-58) and Senator Lee Harris (D-29), would create within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations a voluntary "Do Not Sell" firearm registry, making it a criminal offense of transferring a firearm to anyone on the registry.
House Bill 1319 and Senate Bill 1097, sponsored by Representative Mike Stewart (D-52) and Senator Sara Kyle (D-30), would criminalize the private transfer of a firearm by requiring any sale or transfer to be done only through a federally licensed gun dealer with limited exceptions.
Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in support of these important pro-gun bills.  Also, thank you to those legislators who supported our Second Amendment rights and right to self-defense in Tennessee.