Tennessee Defies Joe Biden’s Gun Control Push with No-Permit Law

Tennessee Defies Joe Biden's Gun Control Push with No-Permit Law

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill on Thursday that allows people in the state to carry handguns concealed or openly without a permit. The law will apply to most adults in Tennessee. People convicted of certain crimes, such as domestic violence, or anyone under the age of 21 who is not a serving member of the U.S. military will not be able to carry a handgun without a permit. The Republican governor announced that he’d signed the legislation as President Joe Biden unveiled a raft of executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence and tightening firearm controls. "I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights," Gov. Lee tweeted. "Thank you members of the General Assembly and the National Rife Association for helping get this done." Handguns on display during the 2015 NRA annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee has signed a bill allowing most adults to carry a handgun without a permit. Pro-gun lobby groups were quick to praise the governor’s decision. The U.S. Concealed Carry Association said in a statement: "We applaud Governor Lee for signing this important piece of legislation into law and making it easier for Tennesseans—especially members of our military—to exercise their right to self-defense. This removes the barriers for thousands of law-abiding Tennesseans to better protect themselves and their families." The National Rifle Association also hailed the signing of the bill it had backed, saying it "fully recognized" the right […]

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