NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A number of laws take effect in Tennessee on Thursday, including the constitutional carry bill, which allows Tennesseans 21 and older to carry a gun without a permit and without a gun safety course requirement.
Spencer Bristol Act
The Spencer Bristol Act increases penalties for people who run from police, causing an officer to get hurt or die.
The legislation is named after Officer Spencer Bristol, who was hit and killed by oncoming traffic while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect on foot.
Evelyn's Law establishes the potential for a Class A misdemeanor charge if parents do not report a missing child to law enforcement within 24 hours.
The legislation is named after Sullivan County 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, who was found dead after her mother didn't report her disappearance to authorities for months.
Legislation putting more guardrails in place to protect children from abusive parents was passed.
This law allows the Department of Children's Services to investigate the birth of subsequent children born to parents who have had a previous child removed from their custody.
Lifetime Order of Protection
The Lifetime Order of Protection enables victims of domestic felonies to file for a lifetime order of protection against their convicted offender.
A new law aimed at curbing drag racing in Tennessee upgrades the penalty from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.
Catalytic Converter Theft
This legislation aims to decrease the theft of catalytic converters in Tennessee. The bill requires any person buying unattached catalytic converters to be registered as a scrap metal dealer in a fixed location business and to track purchases. It also requires the person selling a detached catalytic converter to provide documentation and identification.
Legislation has passed stating that if a business has a policy allowing both biological sexes to use the same multi-stall public restroom, then a notice of the policy should be posted at the entrance of it.
To see the entire list of new laws now in effect, click here.