Tennessee’s permitless gun carry bill passes House, now heads to governor’s desk

Tennessee's permitless gun carry bill passes House, now heads to governor's desk

If made into law, anyone over the age of 21 could carry a firearm if they meet the requirements. Update (March 29, 2021): A bill that could get rid of the state’s gun permit requirements is on the precipice of becoming law after the Tennessee House voted 64-29 to pass it on Monday. If made into law, anyone over the age of 21 could carry a firearm if they meet the requirements. The bill now heads to Governor Bill Lee’s desk, who’s expected to sign the it after endorsing its passage. Lawmakers first introduced the bill in 2020. However, it was delayed, in part because of the pandemic. Right now, Tennessee has two different gun permits and both require some sort of training, whether it’s on a range or through an online video. There are several states surrounding Tennessee that already have a "constitutional carry" law. This bill wouldn’t change the requirements to buy a gun, but it also doesn’t enforce a hands-on training class. "It worries us because we’ve taught over 19,000 people in our handgun carry classes," Frontier Firearms founder Brant Williams said. "It’s frightening how many coming here with a total misconception about how they can safely use a firearm, legally use a firearm in self-defense." Even so, he hopes to see the governor sign the bill into law. Update (March 20, 2021) A bill that could get rid of the state’s gun permit requirements passed the Tennessee Senate on Thursday. If made into law, anyone […]

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