Handgun permit revoked for Knox Co. school board member

Handgun permit revoked for Knox Co. school board member

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Knox County School Board member Bill Phillips Knox County School Board member Bill Phillips

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The state Department of Safety has revoked Knox County School Board member Bill Phillips's handgun carry permit due to a misdemeanor assault conviction.

A notice is being sent to Phillips, 44, by mail, according to safety department spokesman Mike Browning.

Phillips has to surrender his permit within 10 days of receiving the notice. However, he has 30 days to file a petition in Knox County General Sessions Court.

Phillips was charged with aggravated assault for threatening his wife, Karen, with a handgun in December.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Brown said a misdemeanor assault conviction is automatic grounds for revoking a carry permit.

When the school board met Monday night, Phillips sumbitted a statement that asked for forgiveness.

"My family has forgiven me for that embarrassing day and now I am asking for your forgiveness and understanding. I also ask that this board and community understand that I am only a human being capable of making mistakes as well as other individuals," it said.

Phillips remains on the school board.

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