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TN Politics: Will Lawmakers Listen to Voters on Gun Regulation?


A man armed with an AR-style rifle attempted to shoot his way into FOX 13 news stationin on Highland this week, triggering an "active shooter" warning that shut down the University of Memphis and nearby businesses.

Memphis officials are increasingly frustrated by the rising level of random gun crime and permissive state laws that contribute to the problem.

While Gov. Bill Lee has proposed a special session of the Tennessee General Assembly for the summer, political analyst Otis Sanford is not optimistic that recent high-profile mass shootings will persuade Republican lawmakers to create new gun restrictions after years of loosening them.

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.