Tennessee is on track to become the latest state to eliminate the requirement that gun owners get a permit to carry in public. The state House of Representatives approved the measure last night, and hours before the vote, Governor Bill Lee reiterated he intends to sign it.
Tennessee lawmakers are getting close to a final vote on a plan to do away with the state’s gun permit requirement. The measure has passed the Senate and is on track for a vote on the House floor — possibly as soon as next week.
A new gun law that will take effect January 1, 2020 in Tennessee has raised some concerns — even among gun-rights advocates. Many are calling the measure unsafe because it drastically cuts the training required to get a handgun permit.
State legislatures from Arkansas to New York are trying to make records about who has a handgun permit off limits to the public. A bill in Tennessee – as currently written – would keep permit information from being released for any reason other than law enforcement.