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.