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Permit Class Size Increases with Passing of New Gun Bill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Weeks before the new Guns in Restaurants and Bars bill goes into effect, there's a big difference in gun permit classes: They are packed. More people are rushing out to legally pack heat.

The increase of students enrolled in gun permit classes has increase greatly since October, but the new law coming into play is giving many gun owners more reason to get those permits to carry guns.

The Senate and House both overrode Governor Phil Bredesen's veto of the bill last week.

Many gun owners say right now it is extremely hard to find ammunition for certain gun models, because of high demand.

They even say the cost of ammunition has increased greatly. Permit classes are staying full, many of them even have waiting list for enrollment. Students are saying they're taking these classes to become even more responsible gun carriers and owners. They say if there are any problems that come from this law, it would be from those who are unlawfully carrying guns and committing violent crimes.

"The criminals are not going to be caring about what the law is. If they want to carry a gun, they'll carry a gun. If there is not law abiding citizens there protecting against that what's the point," said Debbie Davis, a gun owner.

Currently 37 states have similar legislation. Those who are carrying guns into restaurants and bars, still will not be able to drink alcohol while they have possession of that firearm.

The Guns in Restaurants and Bars law will take effect July 14th.

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