Tenn. Senate approves open carry gun law

Tenn. Senate approves open carry gun law (Image 1)

Tennessee gun owners could soon see a change in carry laws.

Senate Bill 2424, sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), would allow for the open carry of firearms in Tennessee without a permit as long as they are plainly visible.

The bill would do away with the current law, which requires gun owners to go through a background check and training before being eligible to carry a gun in plain sight.

“The Supreme Court has ruled in the past that no state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it and attach a fee to it,” Sen. Beavers told News 2. “And essentially that's what we're doing now.”

Sen. Beavers said SB 2424 would bring Tennessee in line with 29 other state that currently allow some form of open carry without a permit.

SB 2424 was approved by the Tennessee Senate 25-2 on Tuesday. Now, a similar companion bill will go before the House budget subcommittee for consideration.

Gun owners would still be required to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

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