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TN – GUN POLITICS – Tennessee Republicans, Democrats respond to proposed gun legislation (VIDEO)

As state lawmakers get back to work this week, several measures that would loosen gun restrictions are making their way through the legislature. These include allowing concealed carry on public college campuses with a permit, and no longer requiring a permit to carry a gun in the rest of the state. It seems that in most cases, gun legislation and controversy go hand-in-hand, and these proposed measures are no different. Those in favor of the bills say they’re simply exercising Tennessean’s second amendment rights. Those opposed say it’s putting more people’s lives at risk, and say the measures don’t need to be addressed during the ongoing pandemic. Art Cason is the General Manager at the Royal Range shooting facility in Bellevue, where they sell and shoot firearms, as well as provide training, “I believe that everybody should have the right to protect themselves,” Cason said. Cason says he supports the proposed measures to allow permitted concealed carry for college students on public campuses, as well as the lifting of permit requirements for all other law-abiding gun owners. “In my opinion, the part of government that these requirements and these taxes for these different things, it’s always the bare minimums, so I think anybody that’s responsible should go beyond any bare minimums, and make sure they’re very, very well-versed in whatever they’re using whether it’s a gun, a vehicle or what have you,” Cason said. House Republicans weren’t available for an interview about these measures Thursday, but House Representative James (Micah) Van Huss (R), spoke about the permit-less carry proposal earlier this week. “This is not a step backwards,” Rep. Van Huss said. “Everything we do in this legislation, there are no new things that people with permits cannot do. We do not move backwards. The fact that people cannot carry in parks without a permit is already law. So while it is not full constitutional carry, it is a huge step forward.” Art Cason is the General Manager at the Royal Range shooting facility in Bellevue, where they sell and shoot firearms, as well as provide training.  [full article]

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