1,200 Tenn. handgun permits canceled since 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nearly 1,200 Tennesseans have had their state-issued handgun carry permits revoked or suspended for running afoul of the law over the last four years.

Under a bill advancing in the Legislature, the public would be barred from finding out their names or the circumstances that caused them to lose their rights to carry loaded weapons in public.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass of Prospect and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville would bar the release of any information related to "the issuance, renewal, expiration, suspension, or revocation of a handgun carry permit."

The measure is scheduled for a hearing in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday and the companion bill is awaiting a full Senate vote.

To read HB0959: Click here.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

APNP-04-25-09 1043CDT

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