Permit holders to be exempt from background checks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A measure that would exempt handgun permit holders from criminal background checks to buy weapons is one of two gun bills advancing in the state Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Steve Southerland of Morristown was moved to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday after passing the Senate Judiciary Committee 8-1. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the same committee in the House.

The other proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville states that it's not an occupational hazard for employers to allow workers with handgun permits to carry their weapons at work. The measure is headed for a full Senate vote after also passing the Senate Judiciary Committee 8-1.

Another measure that would allow anyone who owns land in Tennessee to apply for a handgun permit was withdrawn from consideration.


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  • by Libby Location: Farragut, TN on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    Am I the only one who thinks the bills going forward are ridiculous and scary? Seems like a landowner would be a better risk for applying for a carry permit, and just because at some point a citizen was eligible to gave such a permit does not mean they still have a clean criminal record. ALSO, with the number of 'postal' events happening at the workplace, why should any employer be willing to allow an employee to carry. Seems to me the legislature is off track here.
  • by Larry Location: Kingston, TN. on Feb 23, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    In my opinion it is the best thing to do, you have already passed the exam so why be redundant about it computers busy checking back grounds. If there is a need for more money or funding raise the exam rates. Myself and several of my friends that have a gun permit totally agree.
  • by Mike Location: Sevierville on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    It is about time that our 2nd Amendment Rights are respected and honored. Police protection is an oxymoron in the world today. The police are only minutes away when seconds count.


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