Bill To Lower Gun Carry Permit Age Passed

Posted at 9:21 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 22:21:49-04

A bill aiming to lower the gun carrying permit age passed its first hurdle in a subcommittee.

The bill originally lowered the carrying permit age from 21 to 18 years old, but there was an amendment voted on and passed Wednesday.

That amendment called for lowering the age only for those in the military or those who were honorably discharged.

While the bill did end up passing, and will head to full committee for consideration, there were some concerns.

Representative Jon Lundberg was just one lawmaker worried that other states won't continue to honor our carry permit laws. A total of 37 currently do respect Tennessee’s laws

The Tennessee Department of Safety was called up to answer questions, and they did not say if those states are talking about not respecting all carry permits or just those for people who are under 18.

The discussion seemed to frustrate the bill’s sponsor, who said our laws cannot be held hostage by other states.

The bill was passed after a passionate speech from Representative MIke Carter, talking about last year's attack in Chattnoooga.

The bill will now head to committee for consideration.