published Monday, November 28th, 2011

Gun rights groups to challenge limitations in Tennessee

By Chas Sisk

Gun rights advocates in Tennessee are embracing an Arizona law that does away with a requirement that handgun owners get a permit before carrying their weapons in public — part of a more aggressive push to loosen state gun laws next year.

After being shut out last spring, gun rights supporters are planning to step up pressure on the Republican-led legislature to ease at least some of the state’s rules on carrying a handgun before they leave to campaign for re-election next year.

Their wish list includes opening all parks in the state to handguns and making it easier to carry guns into school and workplace parking lots. Advocates also plan to test the water for legislation modeled after a law passed in Arizona in 2010 that would make a handgun carry permit optional, in what would be the broadest change to Tennessee’s gun laws in nearly 20 years.

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If everyone carried a handgun at all times and knew how to use them, crime rates would drop like Obama's approval ratings.

November 28, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
terrybham said...

Americans will never give up their guns. They have some sort of unhealthy obsession with them that I have never understood. Before you nut jobs jump on me...I was in the Infantry in Viet Nam in 1968 and carried a M-16. I saw many people die and may have even helped a few along that road myself. So you little whining mama's boys can't show me anything.

November 28, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
patriot1 said...

what part of "shall not be infringed" is ambiguous?

November 28, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

Pop Warner football games, "shall not be infringed" Convicted felons, "shall not be infringed" Mentally ill, "shall not be infringed" Bars, "shall not be infringed" Concerts, "shall not be infringed" Churchs, "shall not be infringed" Airplanes, "shall not be infringed" Schools, "shall not be infringed" Tea Party protest, "shall not be infringed" OWS protest, "shall not be infringed" City Council meeeting, "shall not be infringed"

...you get the picture.

November 28, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.
Haiku said...

FlyingPurpleSheepleEater said... If everyone carried a handgun at all times and knew how to use them, crime rates would drop like Obama's approval ratings.

Not really Fly. You'd just have more people shooting other people over such silly things as a parking space or cutting them off on the freeway. More soccer moms shooting and killing another soccer mom in a fit of road rage. More dads shooting and killing their own daughter when they jumped from a closet and shouted boo as a prank. More exchange students such as the case of Japanese exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori who was shot and killed while trick-o-treating when he knocked on the door of a homeowner for treats. Here's what others have to say about America's sick obsession with guns: Many Japanese reacted to these deaths as being similar symptoms of a sick society; TV Asahi commentator Takashi Wada put the feelings into words by asking, "But now, which society is more mature? The idea that you protect people by shooting guns is barbaric."

Shooting and guns: You know, just that silly stuff people do to people who p*ss them off for whatever reason or no reason.

November 28, 2011 at 9:19 p.m.
RShultz210 said...

FlyingPurpleSheepleEater said... If everyone carried a handgun at all times and knew how to use them, crime rates would drop like Obama's approval ratings. This is the only sensable post I've seen here so far. It is statistically a sound argument, and SheepleEater should be commended for his courage and insight. No one should have to PAY to exercise their RIGHT to keep and BEAR arms. This is turning a right into a privelidge that your average person cannot afford and the damn State of Tennessee knows it. I have no problem with requiring a course in gun safety but the exorbitant $115 fee is more than a lot of people can afford, and is unconsitutional as far as I am concerned. If you take the safety course and pass, then you should be issued a carry permit on the spot. This is another example of the repressive nature of this government, and if we allow Obama to stay in office it will only get worse. Everyone should send their Congress critter an e-mail DEMANDING that the current permit system be abolished and people be given their clear second amendment right to keep and BEAR arms! I don't believe that people will shoot each other over trivial things as Haiku does. I think people are more civilised than that given the chance, and cynics like Haiku are just spouting anti-gun nonsense.

November 28, 2011 at 10:08 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

RShultz wrote - "...the exorbitant $115 fee is more than a lot of people can afford.."

So how will they be able to afford a $300 gun?

RShultz wrote - " I don't believe that people will shoot each other over trivial things as Haiku does. I think people are more civilised than that given the chance..."

"14-year-old boy was shot dead by a family member..."
"21-year-old was shot and killed outside his parents' home ..."
" police have identified a 21-year-old woman fatally shot as she drove..."
AP Ticker all in the last hour. Your argument is not valid.

November 28, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.

An armed society is a polite society. Criminals are emboldened by the fact that most of us don't carry handguns and have no fear that they might die if they try to rob/shoot someone else. They have the power because they are criminals and don't follow the rules that infringe on our second amendment rights. If we didn't have freedom hating socialists and communists trying to disarm us, criminals and the government would still fear us.

When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom. Replace the word "government" with "criminals". I know it is repetitious, but it helps illustrate my point. Quit giving up your freedoms for security. I would prefer to retain my freedoms and provide my own security. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

November 29, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
rolando said...

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

And that says it all.

Man up and arm up.

November 29, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
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