Republican lawmaker calls for Governor Lee to cancel his special session on public safety

"Your proposed special session is a solution in search of a problem."

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Governor’s Special Session on mass shooting safety got some opposition today.

State Representative Bryan Richey has sent a letter to Governor Bill Lee asking him to call it off.

Fellow Republicans Todd Warner and Ed Butler have signed on.

The Governor called for a special session in August to deal with proposals after the Covenant School shooting in Nashville.

Lawmakers chose not to take up his last minute proposal allowing police to remove guns from people who have threatened mass violence in the last days of the legislative session.

Some conservatives characterized that idea as a “Red Flag” law that would limit gun owners rights.

In his letter, Rep. Richey tells the Governor “your proposed special session, apparently calculated to pressure lawmakers to pass such a law, strikes us as an expensive, disruptive, futile, and counter productive publicity stunt.”

Democratic Caucus Chair John Ray Clemmons responded today “Tennesseans overwhelmingly support gun safety laws to better protect our children and communities and want legislative action. Democrats agree and stand ready to get to work. As usual, the only thing standing in the way to public safety is the Republican supermajority.”

Here is Rep. Richey’s letter:



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