Gov. Bill visits gun factory to tout new Tennessee constitutional carry bill

Gov. Bill visits gun factory to tout new Tennessee constitutional carry bill

Two months after signing into law a measure that will allow most adults in the state to carry handguns without permits, Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday again touted the legislation at a ceremonial bill signing inside a Gallatin gun factory. The law, which is already being challenged in federal court, takes effect July 1 and makes Tennessee the 19th state in the nation to waive the need for a permit to carry a gun. "Constitutional carry is long overdue in our state," Lee said while speaking about the legislation at the Beretta USA firearm manufacturing facility. Employees of the company looked on as Lee and other Republicans spoke and posed for photographs. The measure was one of Lee’s top legislative priorities for the year, something Republicans in the state tried to pass for years, despite resistance from police, prosecutors and some within their own party. The state’s leading law enforcement groups urged the legislature again this year keep Tennessee’s existing permitting system in place. The bill will allow people 21 and older to carry handguns openly or concealed without a permit, along with members of the military ages 18 to 20. The new law does not apply to long guns, a point of contention among gun rights activists. Some gun rights groups say bill doesn’t go far enough While the National Rifle Association supported the measure and the organization has been touted by Lee for playing an instrumental role in its passage, other gun rights groups say it doesn’t […]

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