New bill that could allow Tennesseeans to carry gun without perm

New bill that could allow Tennesseeans to carry gun without permit


NASHVILLE (WATE) - There is a new gun-law bill on its way through the legislation, and Knoxville's police chief is making comparisons to the "wild west."

Chief David Rausch is concerned about the current bill making its way through the House that would allow most Tennesseans to openly carry a handgun without a permit.

The bill does still ban certain groups like convicted felons, drug addicts, and the mentally ill from carrying a gun.

Chief Rausch says his biggest concern is about un-vetted and untrained people accessing guns.

"We're the ones that face the dangers of this type of action and so, you know, I would hope that our legislators would listen," Rausch said. "And really understand that this is not the proper legislation."

He says the bill would be a huge burden for law enforcement because it would take away probable cause when someone is carrying a weapon.

With just days left in the legislative session, the bill has already passed in the Senate, and is expected to be voted on Tuesday in the House.

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