Members of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission say they formally oppose Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s Constitutional Carry bill.
This, according to the Memphis-based WREG, which said this came about after members took a vote.
“The Crime Commission says 39 out of 49 participating members voted to oppose the governor’s gun plan,” the station reported.
“Those members also reportedly voted to support proposed enhanced sentences for theft of guns and convicted felons in possession of guns.”
The station posted a statement from the Crime Commission, which said it wants a reduction in gun violence as part of its Safe Community Plan.
“Tennessee has a handgun permit system under which over a half million Tennesseans have obtained permits after proper training and background checks,” Crime Commission members said in the statement.
“Simply put, the handgun carry proposal would gut our handgun permit system. Absent some other prohibition such as a felony conviction or domestic violence conviction, individuals would be able to arm themselves with handguns – unconcealed or concealed – with no training or background checks.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, with the passage of the governor’s Constitutional Carry legislation, Tennessee will join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming, according to the National Rifle Association.
Also, as The Star reported, Lee’s bill, if enacted into law, would extend the constitutional rights to carry a handgun to all law-abiding citizens, with or without a permit, who are 21 and over except in restricted areas, Lee said.
The proposed law would also increase penalties on people who steal or who unlawfully possess a firearm. Proposed penalties would include a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who steals a firearm.
Also, as reported, People on the left side of the political spectrum warned that more Tennesseans will die if Lee gets his way on his proposed Constitutional Carry Law.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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