Two Tennessee bills to fight gangs headed for Gov. Haslam's signature

Two Tennessee bills to fight gangs headed for Gov. Haslam's signature

March 27th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Republican Governor Bill Haslam is pictured in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Two key elements of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-crime package are headed to his desk after the House took final action on the measures Monday night.

The House voted 91-0 to boost penalties for violent crimes committed by groups of three or more people. The other bill increases penalties for gun possession by people with previous felony convictions. It was approved on a 95-0 vote with no debate.

Both bills are intended to combat violent crime and, in particular, criminal gangs.