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TN Politics: Lawmakers on Guns, Term Limits, Trump Security


Democrats have launched a national effort to strengthen existing gun laws to curtail the now-weeklymass shootings taking place across the country.

Only a handful of Republican leaders have joined the chorus, though polls showa majority of Americans are comfortable with common sense laws.

In Tennessee, the legislature has been loosening restrictions on firearms for several years and little action is expected on a state level. But Gov. Bill Lee has recently spoken of his dissatisfaction with controversial laws that he declined to veto when he had the chance. One law empowers police to arrest homeless people sleeping on public property and charge them with a felony. Another "Truth in Sentencing Law," Lee says, sets back criminal justice reforms. Sanford says the governor has shown a lack of leadership on these issues.

In August, Memphis voters will once again get to decide how long city leaders get to stay in office. Council members and the mayor are hoping to extend term limits to three 4-year terms instead of two.

Finally, two city council members recently proposed a resolution that would keep the Memphis Police Department from providing security for Donald Trump during his visit to the Landers Center this month. Sanford says it is more or less a publicity stunt.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.