Permitless carry bill opposed by law enforcement despite stiffer penalties for gun thefts

Permitless carry bill opposed by law enforcement despite stiffer penalties for gun thefts

<p>Governor Bill Lee is touting stiffer penalties for stealing a gun as a reason that his permitless carry or constitutional carry legislation will make Tennessee safer. (FOX 17 News Nashville){/p} NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Governor Bill Lee is touting stiffer penalties for stealing a gun as a reason that his permitless carry or constitutional carry legislation will make Tennessee safer. If the bill passes, stealing a gun would become a minimum class E felony, and if you are convicted of stealing a gun, you would have to serve a minimum of six months in jail — far more than the 30 days you’d currently receive. The legislative session’s most controversial bill does not just remove the state’s gun permit requirement, but it reforms sentencing. “I’ve had people in my neighborhood murdered by people with guns they shouldn’t have had, people with deep mental health issues were able to roll into a store and buy a store with no problems,” said Nashville Democratic Representative Mike Stewart. “That is devastating to the family of the victim’s involved. We need to go into another direction.” Stewart thinks the permitless carry bill is a terrible idea, but he recognizes that guns stolen out of cars is a terrible epidemic in the state. The bill’s Senate sponsor Mike Bell says that is why it is important criminals stealing a gun spend more time in jail. “With freedom comes responsibility, and we should be responsible gun owners,” Bell said of gun owners leaving their weapons […]

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