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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 25-2 in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet that would remove the permitting requirement for people to carry their weapons openly. The measure would keep the current training and background check requirements to carry concealed firearms.
 

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Ron ... If it is signed into law, Tenn will become the 31st state that allows open carry without a permit. Check out the following link for more details Open Carry | OpenCarry.org
 

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Wouldn't any other stance be seen as a violation of the rights of poor and disenfranchised citizens? How many of those folks can afford or meet the requirements of CCW licensing? Voter ID infringes on their rights but this doesn't? Just a question.
 

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Of course it was no surprise that Dem. blocked it from ever reaching the floor. I only CC so I planned to keep my HCP whether it got passed or not, but I hope voters keep this in mind when the next election comes around. Hopefully our current idiot in office won't completely pick apart our Constitution & Amendments before then.
 

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Of course it was no surprise that Dem. blocked it from ever reaching the floor. I only CC so I planned to keep my HCP whether it got passed or not, but I hope voters keep this in mind when the next election comes around. Hopefully our current idiot in office won't completely pick apart our Constitution & Amendments before then.
Don't blame the dumbocrats for this. The pubbies have a super majority and they could do pretty much what they want.

Haslam is no particular friend of the 2nd. He's the one that pretty much squashed the bill.
 

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Did this bill die in a finance subcommittee? I think they did not want to lose revenue from permits
The bill was voted down 10-1 in the House Finance Sub-committee after the bills sponsor threatened to attempt to bring it to the House floor for a direct vote.

The administration had attached a fiscal note to the bill that concluded it would cost $100,000 to change the wording on the Handgun Carry Permit bill that presently exists, which would require an amendment to the state budget.

The sponsor, Micah Van Huss dropped his efforts to take it to the floor after the vote and a private conversion with Chairman Charles Sargent, who is now being targeted by guns right groups during this election. With the help ( $ ) of the NRA they took down House Majority Speaker Deborah Maggard two years ago.

This is an election year, and Haslam probably didn't want to hit the trail having to explain why he did, or did not, sign the open carry bill. He was getting heat from a group of "moms" during the session about this and the guns in parks bill.

Don't be surprised to see both bills next session, after the election.
 
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