TN legislature passes permitless handgun carry bill

MEMPHIS, TENN. — Late Monday evening, the Tennessee General Assembly approved Gov. Lee’s legislation to allow most adults to carry handguns without obtaining a permit.

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Governor Bill Lee backed the bill but said there is little concern for gun safety throughout the state. The bill restricts some people from getting their hands on a weapon without a permit, including people who have had a DUI in the past five years or two DUIs in 10 years.

The permitless carry bill passed the House of Representatives 64-29 on Monday night.

Only five House Republicans voted against it.

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Director Rallings with the Memphis Police Department has been very vocal and stressing concern about this bill.

“I think permitless carry is bad for Memphis. I don’t see how it is such a great thing for the state of Tennessee when the state of Tennessee leads the nation in violence, one of the top three in violence, especially violence against children,” he stated.

Rallings said when the state changed the law to let you carry a gun in the car without a permit, that was the first red flag.

“We’ve seen what happened with extending the house to the car, because we saw an explosion of guns being stolen from cars,” he stated.