Gun violence surge possible with new permitless carry law launch, warns Democratic lawmaker

Gun violence surge possible with new permitless carry law launch, warns Democratic lawmaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — According to the FBI, Tennessee ranks as one of the most violent states, and now there’s fear violence could spike again when the law became official on July 1. “We’ve seen the rise in violence going on, it’s only going to get worse, because right now we’re going to have untrained people carrying guns that they do not know how to use,” Nashville Representative Vincent Dixie said. According to gunviolencearchive.org , from 2014 to now, there have been 3,700-gun related deaths ranging from murder to unintentional shootings, including just over 240 deaths and 760 injuries among children 17 and younger. This year alone, there have been 321-gun deaths with over 500 injuries. “We know how devastating this can be to our communities, and we pleaded with the governor, we plead our case and even gun right activist was thinking this is not a good bill,” Rep. Dixie said. However, the Tennessee Firearm Association, which is pushing for a true ‘constitutional carry law’ in Tennessee, disagreed. The Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association released a statement saying: “Tennessee Firearms Association does not believe that the Governor’s new permitless carry law, which is only a qualified exception to a criminal charge of carrying a firearm with the intent to go armed, will cause any material increase in the illegal use of weapons to commit violent crimes in Tennessee. Claims that allowing citizens to carry firearms have been a common prophecy from gun control advocates since at […]

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