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Tenn. governor gives up on push for extreme risk protection order

Governor Bill Lee has announced that he will not ask state lawmakers to pass an extreme risk protection order during the upcoming legislative session. That proposal would have allowed a judge to temporarily prevent people found to be a danger to themselves or others from possessing firearms.

After the Covenant School shooting in March, Governor Bill Lee called for Tennessee legislators to pass the order, which amounts to a red flag law. Republicans in the General Assembly said that they would never pass it.

Now, the Governor is dropping the extreme risk protection order. Instead, Lee said that there are proposals from the public safety special session that took place this August that he’d like to see passed.

However, he did not specify a particular item.

Blaise Gainey is a Political Reporter for WPLN News. He is the youngest of three siblings, husband and father of two. He previously held the State Government Reporter position for WFSU News in Tallahassee. He is from Apopka, Fla., and graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He previously worked for The Florida Channel and WTXL-TV. He is excited to move to another capital and report on state government. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, outdoor activities and enjoying family time.
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