Tennessee Gov. Lee to continue pressing bill to remove guns from people deemed by court to be threat

CLARKRANGE, TENN. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday he still intends to present legislation to fellow Republicans to temporarily remove firearms from mentally ill people deemed by a judge to be a threat in spite of warnings a day earlier by House Speaker Cameron Sexton that a red flag law such as that cannot pass the GOP-dominated General Assembly.

The language for the bill is a framework, Lee said.

"I expect the General Assembly to look at it and determine if there are adjustments they want to make to that," the governor told reporters after touring a state Department of Transportation project in Fentress County.

"We'll actually probably be putting out some other proposals as well," added Lee, who said his proposal is not a red flag bill.


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