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Tennessee Senate passes metal detector gun bill praised by NRA

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The Tennessee Senate has approved a push to require cities and counties to either buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check bags at many public facilities, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns.

The Senate passed the legislation in a 26-5 vote with an amendment Tuesday. The House approved a slightly different version last week.

The legislation has drawn concerns from gun control advocates and some cities. Nashville and Knoxville officials think the bill offers bad choices and could be costly because gun-rights groups could be eligible for triple attorney's fees in lawsuits if they believe cities are banning guns out of compliance.

The NRA praised the bill, saying it holds local governments responsible for keeping citizens safe.

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