More Tennesseans are getting licensed to carry a handgun. The number of applications to the state has more than doubled since last year, according to the Department of Safety. The spike comes as the identities of permit holders are no longer public record.
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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.
A proposal to allow handgun carry permit-holders to take their weapons anywhere that alcoholic drinks are served is now going to the governor.
The latest proposal to allow handguns in bars survived a subcommittee vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives Wednesday. By one vote, Memphis Republican Curry Todd got his new “guns in bars” bill out of the House Budget Subcommittee, where Democrats had hoped to sink it.
State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey thinks the court that overturned last year’s so-called “guns in bars” law was wrong, and he’s ready to pass the new version which surfaced this week in the state legislature.
After 26 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Ben West says he’ll step down in November.
Starting next month handgun carry permit holders can take their pistols into restaurants that serve alcohol.