Associated Press - May 7, 2009 11:25 AM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin was approved 26-0 on Thursday. The companion bill passed the House last month.
Johnson says martial rule is the same as martial law at the federal level. He proposed the bill after law enforcement in New Orleans went door to door seizing weapons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He says he doesn't expect such behavior in Tennessee, but believes legislation should be in place just in case.
Gov. Phil Bredesen spokeswoman Lydia Lenker says the governor will review the legislation once it reaches his desk.
Read SB1992 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov
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