Tenn. governor calls special session on gun bills

Legislators will head back to Nashville on Aug. 21.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State Address in the House Chamber, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) will call legislators back to Nashville on Aug. 21 to address potential gun safety legislation after a mass shooting at a Christian school there claimed the lives of six people, including three children.

Lee had asked lawmakers to approve a bill allowing extreme risk protection orders, provisions that allow law enforcement to take firearms away from those a court finds may pose a risk to themselves or others. But none of Lee’s Republican allies in the legislature introduced the measure. At the time, House GOP leadership called the bill a “non-starter.”

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