Nashville, Tennessee (AP) — Tennessee will allow most adults over the age of 21 to carry a pistol after Governor Bill Lee signs the bill on Thursday without first clearing background checks and training. Became the latest state to become.
“I signed the Constitutional Amendment 2 today because it is not difficult for law-abiding Tennessees to exercise their (Amendment 2) rights,” approaching the 2022 re-election campaign. Republican Lee said in a tweet.
Lee initially proposed a law backed by the National Rifle Association last year before Congressmen focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. He renewed his efforts when lawmakers returned to this year’s legislative assembly. There, a Republican-controlled General Assembly easily pushed the bill to his desk.
This measure applies to hidden and openly carried pistols, but not to long guns. The law will come into effect on July 1.
Under the new law, adults over the age of 21 and military personnel between the ages of 18 and 20 are allowed to open and hide carrying pistols without permission. The law also strengthens certain penalties. For example, a gun theft (currently a misdemeanor with a 30-day sentence) is a felony with a 6-month imprisonment. We also make exceptions for people who have been convicted of certain mental illnesses or criminal cases.
Nationwide, at least six states are considering similar measures this year, and supporters are eager to join nearly 20 other states that do not currently require permission to carry their pistols. On the other hand, more than 30 states allow unauthorized open carry.
Proponents of the bill argue that the proposal includes stricter penalties for those who commit certain gun-related crimes, and the governor is expected to increase imprisonment primarily, so the bill’s budget plan Secured $ 17.7 million.
However, law enforcement groups, including police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors, Mainly against Go and see the state’s existing permit system as an important safeguard to know who should and shouldn’t have a gun.
Unauthorized carrying legislation was enacted after Lee and Republican lawmakers relaxed the state’s pistol law in 2019, allowing them to obtain permission for hidden pistols that do not need to show the ability to fire weapons. I did. The new permit was available in early 2020.