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Constitutional Carry possible in Tennessee?

Today, the Tennessee Senate passed SB2424, a Vermont* style, permit-less open-carry bill. This bill would further restore the basic human right to self-defense in Tennessee. The question is, will the House follow suit?

The companion bill, HB2409, if passed, would give Governor Haslam the opportunity to make good on the promise he made in a Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) meeting on October 18, 2010, on Vermont Style Carry.

Here is a transcription of part of that meeting:

TFA member,

If the legislature were to pass a Vermont style carry, and bring it to you, would you sign it?

Candidate (Knoxville Mayor) Haslam,

Yes, yes I would . . . . If the legislature passed it and brought that to me, I said I would sign it.

You can watch the YouTube video HERE. Fast-forward to 3 min 45 sec.

*Vermont style carry gets its name from the fact that permits are not required in the state of Vermont. In Vermont if a person can legally own a gun, they can legally carry it.

Urgent action is needed on this bill.

From TFA:

The legislature is set to close in just days, so it is CRITICAL that you call and e-mail the following legislators on the House Finance Committee and tell them to "PASS HB2409 TO THE FLOOR"

It is also critical to call and email the Speaker Beth Harwell with demands that she intervene and bring this bill immediately to the floor.

Her contact information is:

Phone (615) 741-0709
Fax (615) 741-4917

This is our last chance this year, it is up to you!


(The ones with the asterisk* appear to be opposed to the bill or "fence sitting" and actively trying to infringe your right to keep and bear arms)

*Charles Sargent, Chair (615) 741-6808

*David Alexander, Vice-Chair(615) 741-8695

*Gerald McCormick (615) 741-2548

*Steve McDaniel (615) 741-0750

*Dennis Roach (615) 741-2534

*Karen Camper (615) 741-1898

*Michael Harrison (615) 741-7480

Joe Armstrong (615) 741-0768

Kevin Brooks (615) 741-1350

Kent Calfee (615) 741-7658

Mike Carter (615) 741-3025

Barbara Cooper (615) 741-4295

Craig Fitzhugh (615) 741-2134

Steve Hall (615) 741-2287

David Hawk (615) 741-7482

Matthew Hill (615)-741-2251

Curtis Johnson (615) 741-4341

Larry Miller (615) 741-4453

Gary Odom (615) 741-4410

Johnny Shaw (615) 741-4538

Here is an email list if you would like to copy and paste in to your e-mail client:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

In addition, do not forget to contact your personal House members and demand that they intervene!!! They can and should sign on immediately as co-sponsors on this bill.

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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)

Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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