Gun safety instructors take stand against carry permit bill

Posted at 9:01 PM, Apr 24, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill that would decrease the amount of time someone has to take a class to obtain a handgun carry permit is getting pushback from the very people who run those tests.

HB 1264 would reduce the training requirements from eight hours to two and the course could be taken through an online video. Several gun safety instructors took a stand against the bill Wednesday during a press conference.

They say training should happen face to face with someone who is qualified to teach gun safety. They believe taking away the live fire portion of the training is dangerous.

"I don't think the citizens of Tennessee having someone carry a gun, I don't care if it's concealed or open, that hasn't had proper training," said Jim Mauth, Instructor at Small Arms Training School.

Both the house and senate finance committees are scheduled to take a look at the measure Thursday.