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Enhanced carry permit bill up for debate

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 23:43:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill that would reduce the amount of training someone needs to have a handgun carry permit nears its final hurdles to become law.

It changes several key components of the carry permit program, and was discussed for hours Tuesday in the House.

Currently, a handgun carry permit requires an eight hour training course including time on the range. But this bill would reduce the training to two hours.

Supporters say this makes it easier for people to get a handgun carry permit. They also say the current course is too expensive - both in cost and time to get the permit.

The two-hour course could be taken online under the current rules. But supporters say the way that this bill makes it easier to get the permit is exactly the problem.

They say that training time is essential for safety. The bill was also in the senate finance committee Tuesday.