Tennessee Senate Republicans: Radical Islam is the enemy

State Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma

NASHVILLE -- Senate Republicans fretted Tuesday about radical Islamists, political correctness and whether Tennessee National Guard officials are being too cautious with their new gun policy following the July 16 slaying of five servicemen in Chattanooga.

"We do have an enemy and the enemy is radical Islam and they have declared war on our military," said Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma.

Bowling's comments came during a joint hearing by the State Government Committee and Transportation and Safety Committee on Gov. Bill Haslam's move to allow Guard members with state handgun permits to carry at armories and other facilities following the attack.

Senators heard from Tennessee Adj. Gen. Max Haston on his steps to allow Guard members with state-issued handgun permits to carry personal weapons at state facilities.