According to a recent study, most Tennesseans prefer law enforcement to concentrate on apprehending dangerous individuals rather than taking away firearms from those who are thought to be mentally ill. This new poll comes as Republican Governor Bill Lee advocates for a red flag legislation variant in the wake of the Covenant School tragedy.
According to a co/efficient survey that was shared with The Daily Wire, two-thirds of those polled prefer that present rules be upheld to keep dangerous individuals away from the public “instead of passing new regulations that would result in leaving them in the neighborhood.” To approve the gun legislation, Lee has asked for a special session in August, which has sparked discussion inside the Tennessee GOP, which is mostly comprised of strong Second Amendment supporters. The Daily Wire was informed by Lee’s office that the governor’s plan is distinct from red flag legislation enacted by other states in an effort to calm conservative concerns.
“To be clear, the Governor opposes red flag legislation. His proposal would strengthen Tennessee’s current law regarding the order of protection procedure in cases of domestic abuse, improve support for law enforcement, guarantee due process, require the greatest burden of proof, and increase mental health support, which sets it apart from other laws across the nation,” according to press secretary Jade Byers.
In the co/efficient poll, which was carried out between May 30 and June 1, 1,770 potential general election voters provided information. When Lee signed a measure into law mandating an armed security guard at each and every Tennessee public school, 77% of those questioned said they supported the decision, according to the poll.
Byers said, “It’s essential to highlight that this suggestion is only one element of the continuing, bigger dialogue with lawmakers about a variety of initiatives to enhance public safety and safeguard constitutional rights. The Governor is going to continue to collaborate with the legislature on measures in order to safeguard schools as well as communities, similar to what we did through our strong school safety package earlier in the year, that provided in excess of $230 million to several school security as well as mental health programs, according to a statement from the governor.”
In the aftermath of the March 27 shooting massacre at The Covenant School in Nashville that left three kids and three adults dead, the Republican governor has pushed for increased school security and the passage of an “order of protection” statute. The transgender shooter, 28, was being treated for an “emotional disorder,” according to Nashville law enforcement, and her parents didn’t want her to have access to firearms.
Red flag laws, sometimes known as “extreme risk protection” legislation, are in force in 19 states, including Florida and Indiana, both of which are governed by Republicans. The contentious regulations especially target those who are thought to have mental health problems and provide state courts the authority to order the confiscation of guns from anyone who is believed to be at risk.