Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs bill allowing citizens to carry guns without license

In the eyes of proponents of so-called “constitutional carry” laws, the right of individuals to carry a firearm either openly or concealed and without a special license is contained in the language of the Second Amendment.

According to The Hill, Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee just signed a bill into law that makes his state the latest to recognize such a right for all law-abiding citizens.

Details of the new law

While the bill made it much easier for adults to carry a handgun without first seeking the state’s permission, it also stiffened penalties for certain gun-related crimes.

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Lee signed the bill on Thursday, allowing most adults in the state over the age of 21 to carry a handgun without a permit. The move had reportedly been one of the governor’s top priorities in office.

The new law goes into effect on July 1 and includes permission of members of the military over the age of 18 to carry a handgun without a license. It does not, however, apply to long guns including rifles and shotguns.

Any adult who has been prohibited from possessing a firearm is still banned from carrying such weapons under the new law. This group includes convicted felons, those who have been committed by a court to a mental institution, and individuals convicted of certain crimes including domestic violence, stalking, or recent impaired driving offenses.

Additionally, the law changes the crime of gun theft from a misdemeanor to a felony and prohibits felons convicted of unlawful gun possession from being eligible for early release.

“It shouldn’t be hard”

In a tweet heralding the language of the new bill, Lee wrote: “I signed constitutional carry today because it shouldn’t be hard for law-abiding Tennesseans to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights.”

He went on to express gratitude for the efforts of the state’s General Assembly and the National Rifle Association for their assistance in securing the bill’s passage.

Of course, the measure received plenty of opposition from many Democrats, gun control advocates, and state law enforcement agencies based on the belief that more guns in public would result in a spike in crime and more danger for police.

Although such concerns are commonplace within the discussion of constitutional carry policies, supporters say there is no concrete evidence to support the critics’ claims and, in fact, crime rates tend to remain the same or even trend downward when more law-abiding citizens are carrying guns for personal protection.

Tennessee is now the 19th U.S. state to enact some version of constitutional carry, joining Utah and Montana as among the latest entries to that group. Similar legislation is currently pending in Texas, Indiana, and Georgia, according to reports.

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  1. I’m sure Biden is going to very miffed over Tennessee’s new bill. I hope more states go along with Tennessee. We need the 2nd amendment to stay in tact as our forefathers put it there for a reason. Otherwise, a dictator could very well take over our country and…our guns.

  2. I hope that every citizen that believes in America will contact their Governors to do that same with their states

    1. You bet any law abideing citizen should have that right. when the Democrats are defunding the police, who you going to call when criminals brake in?

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  4. That is what you call common sense gun laws. Democrats keep trying to disarm the American people. They elect one Hitler right after another. All with the same lame brain ideas.

  5. Great news from Tennessee. Increasing the number of lawful citizens carrying firearms, will make the bad guys think twice about doing their bad things. The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. If they have open carry, it will take awhile for some of the people to get used to people carrying openly. Congratulations Tennesseans!

  6. I’m on board with this! I’m a licensed CCW. I hope Gov. DeSantis will do this here in FL.

  7. I just can’t belive that the voters of this Great Country keep electing these idiots and sending them to Washington to govern the country. 99% of Congress and the bone headed PRES and VICE dosen’t have sence enough to get in out of the rain or P## a hole in the snow. It a sad sad time for the few sane Christians that are left in this country. The only good thing is GOD will fix every thing when the last TRUMPIT sounds very shortly and he returns.

  8. Thanks Governor Lee. That’s the way it should be everywhere , crime will go down. Criminals will think again before picking on elderly and weaker people.👍👍

  9. Watch the comedian this weekend he’s got a valid point do you know why Democrats don’t want guns

    That’s because they can’t get them free

  10. Way to go Governor Lee that’s the best thing that could ever happen and all state should adopt your policy I have gone through the concealed carry program and been certified to carry and I intend on carrying whenever I think I’m going to need to it’s not the people that have a concealed carry license that’s killing people it’s the games the crooks yeah you can go on the drug dealers and they’re not getting the gum screw gun stores and stuff like that they’re getting them off the street guns that are being stolen from home through what have you yes we should have a gun In a safe I know exactly where mine are

  11. When is the Democrats going to wake up and see it isn’t the guns that kill but people. Look at the Antifa setting fire on ICE building. Look at what they spray on policemen and destroy lives. If it is guns why not take those guns and people that abused them wrongly and put them in an institution to change their thinking, attitude and emotions from hate to be more loving? They never go to the source and it is time our leaders look at the source of their problem and it isn’t guns. It call morals.

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