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TN Politics: Porch Pirates, Drag Racers and Gun Fighters -- This Law's for You!

 The Tennessee State Capitol Building
Christopher Blank/WKNO-FM
The Tennessee State Capitol Building

A number of new laws focus on protecting children or increasing jail terms for those who harm them. Other laws were designed to make guns easier to obtain and carry, while increasing penalties for people who steal them.

While Sanford says that gun proliferation will likely have violent consequences for urban areas, especially Memphis, a series of other new laws appear to address other negative trends in the city: package theft, drag racing, shooting guns out of cars and catalytic converter theft.

Local lawmakers likely welcome these stronger deterrents to rising crime. But other "cultural" laws didn't go over so well, such as banning the teaching of systemic racism in public education. Sanford calls that one of the legislature's "knuckleheaded decisions" in 2021.

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A native "Florida Man," Christopher started in this business as a copy clerk at the renowned St. Petersburg Times before persuading editors to let him write. He moved to Memphis in 2001 to cover arts and entertainment at the Commercial Appeal. Since then, he has contributed to nearly every publication in Shelby County, writing features on everything from the Civil War to Civil Rights. Also, Elvis... a lot of Elvis.