Zachary’s Red Flag Gun Law Passes House Committee By Voice Vote Led By Chairman Bryan Terry, Heads To House Floor

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

A Tennessee Bill that expands current state law requiring mental health professionals to report the possibility of potentially violent acts by their patients passed by another voice vote, this time in the full House Health Committee led by Chairman Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro-District 48).

The bill passed the House Health Subcommittee at the end of last month in much the same way.

House Bill 1625 (HB1625) passed the House floor during the special session last August but the Senate declined to act on the bill at that time.

Sponsor of the bill, Representative Jason Zachary (R-Knoxville-District 14), who worked with Covenant School parents on the language, says that the Tennessee Psychological Association is in support of the proposed expansion of the law.

During discussion on the bill in the House Health Committee, Zachary said that to date, no mental health professionals have yet to exercise the “duty to warn” provision already in current law. Zachary said that the statute is “vague” and does not tell these care providers to whom they must report a “clearly identified victim” at risk of harm. 

Zachary’s bill informs mental health providers that in cases of risk of imminent harm they must report to law enforcement. If the threat is more vague, they may call 988 which is the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line.

For the vote in the full House Health Committee, Chairman Terry chose to use a voice vote to hide the voting records of committee members from public scrutiny. We can only assume that Chairman Terry supports HB1625 and is responsible for its passage. Chairman Terry could have used a transparent roll call vote but opted for a voice vote to shield committee members and from accountability. Terry can be heard on mic voting yes.

All a legislator has to do in order to have their voice vote recorded is give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the clerk. This means that it is very easy for legislators to put their vote on the record and create transparency with their constituents if they choose to.

However, according to the General Assembly website, only two Republican Representatives requested to have their No votes put on the record. Those two members of the committee are Representatives Kip Capley (R-Summertown-District 71) and Timothy Hill (R-Blountville-District 3).

The House Health Committee members who we can assume voted Yes are:

Bryan Terry (R) – Chair – District 48

Tom Leatherwood (R) – Vice Chair – District 99

Aftyn Behn (D) – District 51

Clark Boyd (R) – District 46

Michele Carringer (R) – District 16

John Ray Clemmons (D) – District 55

Jeremy Faison (R) – District 11

Andrew Farmer (R) – District 17

John Gillespie (R) – District 97

Yusuf Hakeem (D) – District 28

David B. Hawk (R) – District 5

Esther Helton-Haynes (R) – District 30

Caleb Hemmer (D) – District 59

Gary Hicks (R) – District 9

Tim Hicks (R) – District 6

Darren Jernigan (D) – District 60

Sabi Kumar (R) – District 66

Brock Martin (R) – District 79

Bo Mitchell (D) – District 50

Iris Rudder (R) – District 39

Paul Sherrell (R) – District 43

Ron Travis (R) – District 31

Kevin Vaughan (R) – District 95

Sam Whitson (R) – District 65

Ryan Williams (R) – District 42

About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. 

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7 thoughts on “Zachary’s Red Flag Gun Law Passes House Committee By Voice Vote Led By Chairman Bryan Terry, Heads To House Floor

  • February 9, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    I said it thousands of times. It’s not a gun problem we have. It’s a criminal problem. Laws don’t stop criminals from getting and using guns. The jails are full, and crooks are on every street corner in cities across Tennessee. A red flag law is not going to stop someone of criminal mindset.

    • February 10, 2024 at 11:02 pm

      These Republicans are ass kissing Communists!

  • February 9, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    I can see that they’re trying to push the “gun problem” as a Public Health Issue, so that the W.H.O. and the CDC can declare a firearms ban regardless of the 2nd Amendment, because firearms are a “Public Health Crisis”. Red Flag laws deprive law abiding citizens of due process, and “Public Health” will eventually be used as a tool to override the 2nd Amendment.

  • February 9, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    THEY need to take a look at who is doing most of the shootings in Nashville and other large towns .

  • February 9, 2024 at 9:36 pm

    A “voice vote” instead of letting the public know who the gun grabbers are. Typical of the Uniparty trying to initiate gun control. Dump these bums during the primary and in November. The Leftists moving into Tennessee can’t be allowed a foothold.

  • February 10, 2024 at 7:50 am

    Voted for Terry once.
    Haven’t done so since
    Unfortunately he has no opposition
    Which is disappointing for us.

  • February 15, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    On its face any red-flag law in unconstitutional because such a law violates the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendments but should it become the law here in Tennessee two words should come to the mind of any non-prohibited firearm owner: MOLON LABE.

    The red-flag law promoters in the Tennessee Legislature can take that flag and wipe their behinds with it.


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