State Representative Curry Todd, a retired Memphis police officer who has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and gun charges, has been speaking out against Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to keep retired law enforcement officers with DUI convictions from being able to carry firearms in public.
Todd was arrested in Nashville in 2011 after he failed a roadside sobriety test and police found a loaded .38-caliber gun stuffed next to the driver's seat. The Collierville Republican later pleaded guilty, but has easily been re-elected to the Legislature ever since.
The Haslam administration bill carried by Majority Leader Gerald McCormick was up for a House floor vote on Monday evening after passing the Senate unanimously in March. But the vote was delayed after Todd argued that the bill was "not needed."