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Lawmakers pass bill allowing permitless carry in Tennessee

Firearms on display at Legendary Guns in Phoenix in 2018. The FBI processed a record 39.7...
Firearms on display at Legendary Guns in Phoenix in 2018. The FBI processed a record 39.7 million firearm background checks last year, prompting health experts to call for more education around safety to prevent injuries or death.(Cronkite News)
Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A controversial bill in the Tennessee legislature is now headed to Governor Bill Lee’s desk.

Lawmakers passed a bill Monday night allowing some Tennesseans to carry a handgun without a permit.

That includes anyone over 21 and members of the military over 18.

The bill has been widely criticized by many in law enforcement, including Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings.

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Representative Antonio Parkinson of Memphis made a plea to all eligible Tennesseans.

“So I’m encouraging every citizen to make sure that they go out, those that understand the importance of this to make sure that they go out and get they get these gun safety classes,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson also suggested future legislation to incentivize free gun safety classes.

The “permitless carry” law will go into effect on July first.

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