NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee is pushing for permit-less handgun carry rules in Tennessee.
A bill to eliminate requirements for handgun carry education was submitted to the legislature last year. However, even though the bill passed through the house, it was put aside due to the pandemic.
Governor Lee said he now wants the bill to be a priority in 2021. Supporters say the bill supports the second amendment and allows everyone to participate in their right.
"A permit in and of itself is an infringement upon our rights. So, I am for it," said Jason Edgley, General Manager of Nashville Armory.
The business currently holds handgun training and permit classes. While Edgley supports the idea, he still thinks gun owners have a responsibility to learn how to use the weapons.
"I would like to go ahead and think that anyone who is capable of purchasing a firearm, capable of passing a background check, capable of owning one is responsible enough to know how to use it," said Edgley. "I think the unfortunate truth is that there's a large percentage that just aren't."
Opponents say the legislation is reckless and puts the community in danger.
Nashville Democrat Mike Stewart said it will allow people to carry who have broken the law in the past.
"You can't get a concealed carry permit if you're under court supervision, if you have a history of violence if you have a history of stalking," said Rep. Stewart. "Those are the people who will benefit from this bill because they will all be permitted under this terrible bill to go armed."