Controversial permitless carry bill passes Tenn. Legislature, toughens penalties for gun-related crimes

Controversial permitless carry bill passes Tenn. Legislature, toughens penalties for gun-related crimes

Law enforcement leaders against permitless handgun carry bill MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tennesseans over the age of 21 to carry a handgun without a permit. Through this new law, which has yet to be signed by Governor Bill Lee, people in Tennessee buying a handgun would no longer be required to get a permit although you can still get one if you would like to take your gun outside of the state. The permitless carry bill, dubbed by supporters as “Constitutional Carry” allows everyone over 21 years old in Tennessee and members of the military age 18 to 21 to own and carry a handgun without a permit. Tennessee Legislature approves permitless handgun carry bill “Those penalties along with defending the second amendment and allowing families and people to defend themselves in Tennessee. I think it’s a win-win,” said Hurt. Parkinson, a former Marine who describes himself as a pro-gun Democrat, says he’s concerned permitless carry removes the gun safety class required through a gun permitting process. “Everyone shouldn’t be walking around here with the ability to be in possession of a firearm without any gun safety requirements tied to it,” said Parkinson. Locally, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner and District Attorney Amy Weirich also did not support the bill. Weirich says she is torn on the bill because it also includes tougher penalties for Tennesseans who commit gun crimes which she supports. The […]

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