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State senate votes to let everyone carry guns without permit

The state Senate has passed a bill allowing Tennesseans to openly carry guns - without a permit. The bill would let anyone carry a firearm as long as they’re not legally prohibited. Currently, the law requires a gun safety training class, a criminal background check, and a $115 dollar fee to get a permit. But the bill’s sponsor, Senator Mae Beavers, says requiring gun owners to buy a permit makes the right to carry - into a privilege. If the bill becomes law, permit requirements would remain for conceal carry, but not for someone who visibly wears a weapon in a holster or keeps it in their pocket. The bill overwhelmingly passed in the Senate, 25 to 2. The House version - is still in subcommittee.

Source: Chattanooga News

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