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Tennessee Bill #SB 1610   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:Senate Bill SB 1610
Type:Firearms Freedom Act
Requested Patriot Action:
Committees: Reffered to Judiciary Committee 5/20/2009
Sponsors: Senate Sponsors:
Beavers 615-741-2421
Jackson 615-741-4499
Gresham 615-741-2368
Norris 615-741-1967
Ramsey 615-741-4524
Session Schedule: In Session 1/13/09 - 5/27/10 (est.)

Interim Recess 6/19/09 - 1/11/10

In Session 1/12/10 - 5/27/10 (est.)
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Date Introduced: 2/12/2009
Status:Passed Senate
Passed House committee:Y
Passed Senate committee:Y
Passed Senate:Y
Passed House:Y
Link to Bill history: Go to Bill history
Bill History: *SB 1610 by *Beavers ( HB 1796 by *West)
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Firearms and Ammunition - As enacted, enacts the "Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act." - Amends TCA Title 4.

Bill Summary
Summary for *SB 1610/HB 1796 Fiscal Note
FiscalNote for SB1610 / HB1796 filed under SB1610 Votes
Senate Votes on SB1610
House Votes on HB1796
Bill HistoryAmendments on BillVideo Clips
Bill History
Actions Taken on SB1610 Action Date
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 435 06/29/2009
Comp. HB Subst (sends SB to dead bill file) 06/03/2009
Placed on Sen. Regular Calendar (1) cal. for 06/03/2009 06/02/2009
S. Reset on Cal. for 6/3/2009 06/02/2009
Placed on Sen. Regular Calendar (2) cal. for 06/02/2009 05/29/2009
Rec. For Pass. ref. to: S. Cal. Comm. 05/20/2009
Placed on S. Jud Comm. cal. for 05/20/2009 05/20/2009
Action Def. in S. Jud Comm. to 5/20/2009 05/19/2009
Placed on S. Jud Comm. cal. for 05/19/2009 05/14/2009
Assigned to Gen. Sub of Jud. Comm 05/06/2009
Action Def. in S. Jud Comm. to 5/6/2009 05/05/2009
Placed on S. Jud Comm. cal. for 05/05/2009 05/01/2009
P2C, ref. to S. Jud Comm. 02/18/2009
Intro., P1C. 02/12/2009
Filed for intro. 02/12/2009

No amendments for SB1610.
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State constitution: Oklahoma State Constitution


Section II-1: Political power - Purpose of government - Alteration or reformation.
All political power is inherent in the people; and government
is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and to
promote their general welfare; and they have the right to alter
or reform the same whenever the public good may require it:
Provided, such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the
United States.

Section II-2: Inherent rights.
All persons have the inherent right to life, liberty, the
pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the gains of their own

Section II-3: Right of assembly and petition.
The people have the right peaceably to assemble for their own
good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of
government for redress of grievances by petition, address, or

Section II-4: Interference with right of suffrage.
No power, civil or military, shall ever interfere to prevent
the free exercise of the right of suffrage by those entitled to
such right.
Section II-22: Liberty of speech and press - Truth as evidence in prosecution for libel.
Every person may freely speak, write, or publish his sentiments
on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right;
and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of
speech or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions for libel,
the truth of the matter alleged to be libelous may be given in
evidence to the jury, and if it shall appear to the jury that the
matter charged as libelous be true, and was written or published
with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party shall be

Section II-23: Private property - Taking or damaging for private use.
No private property shall be taken or damaged for private use,
with or without compensation, unless by consent of the owner,
except for private ways of necessity, or for drains and ditches
across lands of others for agricultural, mining, or sanitary
purposes, in such manner as may be prescribed by law.

Section II-24: Private property - Public use - Character of use a judicial question.
Private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use
without just compensation. Just compensation shall mean the value of
the property taken, and in addition, any injury to any part of the
property not taken. Any special and direct benefits to the part of
the property not taken may be offset only against any injury to the
property not taken. Such compensation shall be ascertained by a board
of commissioners of not less than three freeholders, in such manner as
may be prescribed by law. Provided however, in no case shall the
owner be required to make any payments should the benefits be judged
to exceed damages. The commissioners shall not be appointed by any
judge or court without reasonable notice having been served upon all
parties in interest. The commissioners shall be selected from the
regular jury list of names prepared and made as the Legislature shall
provide. Any party aggrieved shall have the right of appeal, without
bond, and trial by jury in a court of record. Until the compensation
shall be paid to the owner, or into court for the owner, the property
shall not be disturbed, or the proprietary rights of the owner
divested. When possession is taken of property condemned for any
public use, the owner shall be entitled to the immediate receipt of
the compensation awarded, without prejudice to the right of either
party to prosecute further proceedings for the judicial determination
of the sufficiency or insufficiency of such compensation. The fee of
land taken by common carriers for right of way, without the consent of
the owner, shall remain in such owner subject only to the use for
which it is taken. In all cases of condemnation of private property
for public or private use, the determination of the character of the
use shall be a judicial question.

Section II-26: Bearing arms - Carrying weapons.
The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his
home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when
thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but
nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from
regulating the carrying of weapons.

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