As permitless gun carry law takes effect, some Second Amendment advocates urge continued training

As permitless gun carry law takes effect, some Second Amendment advocates urge continued training

(Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht) Even some Tennessee gun enthusiasts are hard-pressed to say that the state’s controversial new permitless gun carry law won’t have negative effects. Starting today, permits will no longer be required to carry a handgun publicly in Tennessee, nor will new gun owners be required to take training. But that’s not to say gun owners shouldn’t learn to handle a weapon capable of deadly consequences, said Blaise Lane, ex-military and manager of High Caliber Weaponry & Training located on Lebanon Pike. His gun shop is set to open next week, and he’s already anticipating a slight increase in gun sales and a decrease in people seeking his training services. But Lane hopes this may just be a temporary setback, because as a Second Amendment supporter, he firmly believes everyone needs to learn gun safety. “The idea that is out there is that ‘I will buy a gun and I’ll be safe;’ but when you are in the gun shop and you’re handed a gun and expected to load it, the realization that ‘I don’t know anything about this’ sets in very quickly and very heavily, “ he said. Tennessee is not the only state with relaxed gun laws, but Tennessee has received national coverage because of it. In addition to dropping the requirement for permits, penalties for gun-related crimes were enhanced through legislation passed in 2021. For instance, stolen firearms worth less that $2,500 will be considered a Class E felony, and jail time was raised […]

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