Most adults in Tennessee can now open or conceal carry a handgun without a permit

Most adults in Tennessee can now open or conceal carry a handgun without a permit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Starting Thursday, people 21 and older are no longer required to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. The change in the law pushed by Gov. Bill Lee was met with some pushback including by Tennessee law Enforcement agencies. The law paves the way for most adults to choose if they want to open carry or conceal carry a handgun, but gun rights advocates and opponents of the law are cautioning residents. “I think it’s stupid,” said Jonathan Lee, a Tennessee native. “I think you’re going to have a lot more crime and a lot more trouble getting cops out when you really need them.” Charles Scott, a former victim of a shooting, says gun violence will increase and could impact law enforcement. “It needs to be something done about gun violence, because like I said, policemen have been victims,” said Scott. “This is going to be a game changer,” Humphreys County Sheriff Chris David said. “I’m huge Second Amendment; I really support Second Amendment. We have a firing range, we keep that — I train, I’m a firearms instructor myself, but the educational part that our handgun carry permit classes offer, I think is just tremendous to a person.” David echoing what many in Tennessee’s law enforcement community and the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association are feeling. The Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association released this statement: “Sheriffs and deputies take an oath of office to support the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States, along with an oath […]

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