Legislation introduced to 'close loophole' in wake of Tennessee Waffle House mass shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--In the wake of Sunday's mass-shooting at a Nashville Waffle House that claimed four lives, two Tennessee lawmakers have drafted legislation pertaining to loaning firearms in Tennessee.
Senator Jeff Yarbro, Rep. Mike Stewart, and Rep. Bill Beck have amended SB 2356, a bill which would have made it illegal for a seller or buyer to purchase/sell or attempt to purchase/sell a firearm by an individual prohibited by state or federal law enforcement from owning a firearm.
The bill in it's original form -filed by Yarbro and Beck- failed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee earlier this month.
Now, the legislators have amended the language to clarify existing loopholes.
The new language would add:
"It would be unlawful to buy a gun or possess if you have been subject to suspension, revocation or confiscation in Tennessee or other states
It would also make it an offense to give or loan a firearm to someone who cannot legally possess it under state law and make it an offense to re-loan or give back weapons to those who have been subject to confiscation."
The legislation comes after suspected Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking lost his rights in Illinois to be in possession of firearms following an arrest by the Secret Service last year.
In July 2017, Secret Service agents caught him in a restricted area outside The White House, where he told agents he had a meeting with President Trump.
"He was arrested for unlawful entry, he was near some bike racks, he crossed the barrier for the protected zone, once he entered that area, they asked him to leave and he wouldn't," explains Todd Hudson, of the Secret Service Nashville Field Office.
The FBI in Springfield, Illinois and local authorities took Reinking's weapons and gave possession of the weapons to Reinking's father. His father, who was licensed, later gave them back to his son.
One of the weapons, an AR-15 was used in Sunday's assault.