Tennessee Rep. Pushes for Constitutional Carry


Rep. Bruce Griffey (R – District 75) sponsored HB0018, a bill that would allow for people to carry firearms without needing to get a special permit.

He offers a dose of reality for the reason he’s pushing for this bill for the citizens of Tennessee.

Rep. Griffey said that regardless of the permit requirements, criminals continue to bear arms illegally and threaten Tennesseans’ lives.

He says what most already know but many fail to realize.

The police cannot be everywhere and in a life-threatening situation, and you simply cannot wait 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes for an officer to show up.

"I, therefore, see no logical reason why law-abiding Tennesseans should face possible criminal persecution for possessing a firearm consistent with their rights under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution for their own safety and the safety of others," Rep. Griffey told FOX 17.

Governor Bill Lee is backing the measure.

"The Second Amendment is clear and concise and secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms," Lee said. "I am pleased to announce Constitutional Carry legislation today that will protect the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans, while also stiffening penalties on criminals who steal or illegally possess firearms."

Everyone should have the right to protect themselves against criminals in a time of emergency. Waiting is simply not an option.

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14 thoughts on “Tennessee Rep. Pushes for Constitutional Carry”

    1. 2A does not specify open or concealed carry, and I think true constitutional carry laws should not introduce restrictions not found in the Constitution.

  1. It is way past time for this. Time to abide by our 2nd Amendment as written in the Constitution. Emphasis on the word “infringe”

  2. I pray this bill will pass. I would vote for it if I could.
    It is way past time for this.
    Thank you,

    Ms. Johnnie Austin

  3. Hallelujah for Rep Griffey!! Requiring a permit actually violates the constitution…requiring a permit violates our right to BEAR ARMS. Thank you Rep Griffey and Gov Lee for backing this!!

  4. Meanwhile, New Jersey (bereft of intelligent life in the statehouse)
    awaits a court case that SCOTUS can’t find a reason to dodge . . . . .

  5. We don’t need a “New Bill” we Already have a “LAW” that allows us to “Keep And Bare Arms” it’s called “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” . What We ‘NEED’ is for those elected politicians that are VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS , TO BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE TREASON AGAINST AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE COMMITTING AND WHEN CONVICTED , HAVE THE MOST SEVERE PENALTY IMPOSED AND CARRIED OUT ON THEM , SO NO ONE ELSE WILL THINK ABOUT INFRINGING ON AMERICAN RIGHTS AGAIN .

    1. The U.S. Constitution defines Treason as “Giving aid and comfort to the enemy”. Nowhere does it specify that that only applies to foreign enemies. Criminals are our enemies too. Anything that disarms their victims certainly gives them aid and comfort. Therefore any “law” that disarms us against criminals is treasonous, and anyone who advocates such a law is therefore a traitor according to the Constitution, and should be arrested, tried and punished as such.

      1. Any law that restricts a law-abiding person’s access
        to the means of self-defense is a PVCOSA –
        Professional Violent Criminals’ Occupational Safety Act.