Permitless handgun carry bill advances to House after passing Tennessee Senate vote

Permitless handgun carry bill advances to House after passing Tennessee Senate vote

Permitless handgun carry bill advances to House after passing Tennessee Senate vote (FOX 17 News Nashville) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Carrying a gun without a permit is one step closer to becoming a reality in the Volunteer State, as state senators passed a constitutional carry bill on the third and final reading Thursday. Now that this bill has passed the Senate, it’s time for the House of Representatives to discuss it at-length. There are still more steps before it could make it to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk. Keep in mind that constitutional carry was part of his legislative package this year, so he supports the move. But so many others, including even the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are against it. It’s one of the most controversial topics out there: gun legislation. Whether the concern is too much, or too little, it’s a discussion that seems to pop up in the Tennessee General Assembly a lot. This year is no different as Senate Bill 765 , which would grant permitless carry of handguns, passes out of the Senate, 23-9 on its third and final reading Thursday morning. This means Tennesseans would no longer have to apply for a permit or go through the required safety courses to legally carry a handgun. One of the bill’s sponsors, Mike Bell (R) with District 9, says they would still encourage gun owners to go through the permitting process, it just wouldn’t be required. "Why are we here now? We’re here because it’s time […]

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