Tennessee House leadership discards the rules
Giving Up and Giving In reports on how the Tennessee House leadership killed (or further delayed) a pro-gun bill.
The measure had been reported out of committee and set for a floor vote. A motion was made to instead refer it back to the committee. Several members objected, so the Speaker simply ruled them out of order and proclaimed the motion had passed without objection (hence no need to take a vote).
The legislation was a "restaurant carry" bill, similar to the one just vetoed here in Arizona. Some states have prohibited carrying firearms in establishment which serve alcohol, a provision which covers not only bars but the vast majority of ordinary restaurants. As Bill points out, 33 states either have repealed their statutes of this type, or never had them in the first place, without any reported negative results. The offenses are misdemeanors, and the type of folks who worry about misdemeanor penalties aren't the type to start homicidal fights.