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TN Leads Nation in Rejecting Gun Purchases

Tennessee has the highest rate of gun purchase denials in the nation, according to a February report by the U.S. Department of Justice that is the focus of a Tennessean story.
In 2010, Tennessee rejected about 4.3 percent of gun buyers’ purchases based on state criminal background checks, according to the report — more than twice the national average of about 1.5 percent.
A majority of those who appeal their cases win, allowing them to eventually get a gun. Just like Armentrout did.
It’s a system that annoys both buyers and sellers and could become an even bigger headache if new federal efforts to require background checks for all gun sales are successful.
“I can’t even imagine how they’re even going to keep up with the processing,” Armentrout said. “They can barely keep up now.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which conducts a $10 background check on all gun purchases from gun stores, acknowledges it has a high denial rate.
Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the agency, said that its criminal background system, called the TBI Instant Check System, or TICS, is great for recording arrests but doesn’t always get updated as to the outcome of those cases.
“Missing dispositions has been an issue with criminal records; however, it has vastly improved over the last 10 years,” Helm said. “When an appeal is filed on a denied transaction, TICS staff diligently tracks down each record from clerks’ offices across the state to locate any missing information, which also updates the criminal history system.”

Haslam: GOP Leadership Makes TN Leader in Income Growth

Gov. Bill Haslam gave an upbeat message to the Carter County Republican Party during its Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, reports the Johnson City Press.
Haslam spoke about the progress the state has made during the past two years under the leadership not only of a Republican governor but also a Republican-led House and a Republican-led Senate. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the leader of the Senate, was in the audience.
…He said that as a result of that leadership, personal income is growing faster in Tennessee than in any other state.
The state unemployment rate was more than 10 percent during the 2010 campaign. He said today there are more Tennesseans working than at any time in the past four years and the unemployment rate has dropped below the national average.
….Haslam told his Republican audience that the 2012 national election may very well be the most important in many years.
He said the reason for its importance is the two candidates offer a clear choice on which direction the nation will head.
He said the choices are whether we will “totally rely on the government for all our problems or whether we really believe in the free enterprise system … whether we will choose the path of Europe and more debt or whether we will spend less than we bring in.”
Haslam said he though it was going to be a very close election.

Mayfield Poll Shows Mayfield Leading in 3rd District Primary

A new poll shows Scottie Mayfield with a 9-point lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Weston Wamp in the three-man GOP primary.
The poll, commissioned by Mayfield’s campaign and conducted April 3-5, shows Mayfield taking 34 percent of the vote, while Fleischmann and Wamp are tied with 25 percent each. Seventeen percent of voters remain undecided. The poll’s margin of error is 4.9 percent.
Mayfield, the president of Mayfield Dairy, is trying to unseat Fleischmann, a first-term congressman from Ooltewah who represents Tennessee…s 3rd Congressional District. Mayfield entered the race seven weeks ago. He…s already raised $452,000.

Note: Item lifted from the News Sentinel.
UPDATE: The campaign news release and a memo are below.

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