Tennessee lawmakers pass gun permit bill, wrap up session

Tennessee lawmakers pass gun permit bill, wrap up session

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers adjourned their annual lawmaking session Thursday after passing legislation that would start offering a concealed carry-only handgun permit that doesn’t require training that includes actually firing a weapon. They also overcame House and Senate differences to pass a proposal that would require the state’s top leaders to call on the federal government to send a fixed amount of money each year in the form of block grants. The action unfolded Thursday evening as Democrats briefly walked out of the House in protest, and a protester in the House gallery was escorted out for shouting at House Speaker Glen Casada. She was one of four women who sat outside Gov. Bill Lee’s office last month in an attempt to secure a meeting with the Republican to discuss Rep. David Byrd, who is accused of sexual misconduct nearly three decades ago. The Senate voted 18-11 Thursday for Republican Sen. John Stevens’ gun permit bill, which would allow online training of at least 90 minutes with a test to suffice for the new, less expensive permits. The current handgun carry permits would still remain an option, but Stevens contended that their eight-hour training requirement with live firing is time-consuming and burdensome. The House already approved the bill, so it heads to the governor. The proposal would be the highest profile gun rights change this year. Efforts died on several big pushes to loosen gun restrictions, including letting teachers carry guns and holding permit holders harmless if […]

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