TN Senate Bill 2250

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Nitegator

Senate Bill 2250 increases the offense to a Class C felony, punishable by a 3- to 15-year sentence and up to $10,000 in fines for convicted felons carrying a firearm whose prior crime involved the use of force, violence, or a deadly weapon. It would be a Class D felony (2 to 12 years and up to $5,000 in fines) for felons whose conviction involved a drug offense.

SB 2250 by *Norris, Kyle, Finney L, Beavers, Bell, Berke, Burks, Herron, Johnson, Yager. (*HB 2388 by *McCormick, Rich, Moore, Dean, Dennis, White, Gotto, Floyd, Hensley, Coley, Brooks H, Weaver, Miller D, Eldridge, Haynes, Wirgau, Sexton, Halford, Sanderson, Shipley, Fitzhugh, Brooks K, McManus, Williams R, Todd, Lollar, Parkinson.)

Sentencing – As introduced, increases the punishment for unlawful possession of firearm by person with previous felony conviction. – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.

Fiscal Summary

Increase State Expenditures – $271,000/Incarceration* Funding in the amount of $266,100 is included in the Governors proposed FY12-13 budget.

Bill Summary

Under present law, a person commits a Class E felony who possesses a firearm and:

(1) Has been convicted of a felony involving the use or attempted use of force, violence or a deadly weapon; or
(2) Has been convicted of a felony drug offense.

This bill increases the penalties for the above offenses. Under this bill, a person who possesses a firearm and meets the condition listed in (1) commits a Class C felony and a person who possesses a firearm and meets the condition listed in (2) commits a Class D felony.

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