Governor: Permitless carry legislation would make Tennessee ‘safer’

Governor: Permitless carry legislation would make Tennessee 'safer'

Despite law enforcement’s opposition to his legislation that would end gun permits in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee told a gathering from the NRA that his legislation would “make Tennessee safer.” (FOX 17 News Nashville) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Despite law enforcement’s opposition to his legislation that would end gun permits in Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee told a gathering from the National Rifle Association that his legislation would “make Tennessee safer.” Permitless carry legislation is often called Vermont carry — synonymous with the first and only state for 200 years to have no law restricting the right to discreetly carry a gun. Vermont had the third fewest gun-related deaths in the latest CDC data, and it’s an example of how permitless carry could work. Tennessee starts from a much different place as the Volunteer State has been top 12 in gun violence for at least the last five years. A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told a Senate committee, “The bureau has been consistent [in opposition] on this from a public safety standpoint.” The TBI and sheriff’s association oppose doing away with gun permits. “The Constitutional Carry legislation is a key priority in the governor’s public safety package, which is focused on protecting law-abiding Tennesseans’ Second Amendment rights, while also significantly increasing penalties for criminals who steal firearms,” Governor Lee’s press secretary Casey Black said. Eighteen states have permitless carry laws, and Tennessee would become the 19th. It does not change the laws that prohibit certain people like […]

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