Nashville, TN (Jan. 18, 2016) – A “Constitutional Carry” bill – to support the right of carrying a handgun openly or concealed without a state-issued permit – has been filed in the Volunteer State.
Senator Mark Green (R – 22) introduced Senate Bill 1483 (SB1483) on January 12, 2016. The companion, House Bill 1748 (HB1748) was introduced by Rep. Judd Matheny (R – 47). As introduced, this bill would amend Tennessee law by allowing persons 21 years of age “to carry any legally possessed handgun openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded” without the requirement of a state-issued permit.
Similar bills were introduced in both the Tennessee House and Senate in 2015, but those bills never even made it out of their respective committees. It was reported that lack of support from Governor Haslam and various state law enforcement agencies undoubtedly helped to ensure their demise.
SB1483 has been assigned to the Judiciary committee, where it will need to pass before going to the Senate floor for a vote. HB1748 is awaiting a committee assignment.
If you live in Tennessee, contact your State Senator and Representative (http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/) and strongly, but respectfully urge her/him to support SB1483 and HB1748.