Senator Doug Jackson (D-Dickson) is the sponsor of the Senate bill that will likely be killed in the State House by Speaker Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington). Senator Jackson notes the importance of this bill:
So, if I go to a restaurant that serves alcohol, is it safer to leave my gun in my car or to carry it so I know where it is at all times? Currently, the law only restricts gun carry by law abiding citizens. If you are in favor of this bill, SB23, contact your legislator and contact State House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington).
One of the deadliest shooting rampages in recent history was an incident that occurred in Killeen, Texas.
On that day in 1991, a deranged man carrying an illegal weapon drove his truck into a Luby's Cafeteria, where he opened fire, killing 23 innocent victims and wounding 20 others.Present at the Luby's was a Texas state representative, Suzanna Gratia Hupp. Because the restaurant did not allow guns, Rep. Hupp left her handgun in her vehicle. She watched helplessly as George Hennard executed both of her parents. Such horrific violence may have been prevented had Rep. Hupp been able to carry her handgun and effectively exercise her right to self-defense.