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Permits Should NOT Be Required

28 November 2011, 7:35 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under 2nd Amendment, Opinion.

Gun rights groups to challenge limitations in TN

Gun rights advocates in Tennessee are embracing an Arizona law that does away with a requirement that handgun owners get a permit before carrying their weapons in public — part of a more aggressive push to loosen state gun laws next year.

After being shut out last spring, gun rights supporters are planning to step up pressure on the Republican-led legislature to ease at least some of the state’s rules on carrying a handgun before they leave to campaign for re-election next year.

Their wish list includes opening all parks in the state to handguns and making it easier to carry guns into school and workplace parking lots. Advocates also plan to test the water for legislation modeled after a law passed in Arizona in 2010 that would make a handgun carry permit optional, in what would be the broadest change to Tennessee’s gun laws in nearly 20 years.

What part of “shall not be infringed” is so hard to understand?  Will criminals and crazy people get a hold of a gun?  They do now, so why not have armed citizens that could take down the bad guy?  The cops aren’t going to do much good if the bad guy is pulling the trigger while you are pulling out your phone!  Bad guys are less likely to harass a person they KNOW are packing.  Self defense is a right.  It doesn’t come from the government, on any level.  The right to protect yourself and your family, is a God given right.

I will add, for those who are going to get their knickers in a twist….I do believe anyone who buys a handgun SHOULD take safety glasses, and learn how to actually use their weapon safely before carrying it around with ‘em.  :?

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  1. Matt. 29 November 2011, 10:55 am

    Amen. My only concern is what this will do with reciprocity. Would that be covered in the optional permit?

    In an ideal world, we would go back to the true intent of the Second Amendment, and I could carry any gun, any time, any place. Full auto rifle with a suppressor if I wanted to. No special permits, taxes, or anything.

    Until then, I guess civil disobedience is the rule of the day. 

  2. olbroad. 29 November 2011, 11:06 am

    I honestly don’t think politicians understand the original intent.  :?  Good question on reciprocity.  We SHOULD be free to carry to and through ANY state. 

  3. Matt. 29 November 2011, 11:12 am

    Yeah, that’s one of the good things about the national ccw law, though I haven’t looked at it to see the bad points, e.g. a national registry.

  4. olbroad. 29 November 2011, 11:24 am

    If the gubmint giveth….the gubmint can taketh away.