By: Teresa Mull
Tennessee’s General Assembly is considering several bills to strengthen the state’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.
At the top of the list on Wednesday is HB 2661, a bill which allows a person to carry a handgun in a concealed manner without the need for a concealed carry permit.
Other bills being considered by committees in the Tennessee General Assembly are HB2536, which allows for civil suits to be filed against a person or government which "infringes upon a person’s right to bear arms" and requires the person or entity to "be liable for actual statutory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and court costs."
HB2298 and HB2102 also pertain to the Second Amendment, although they each focus on the ability of those with concealed handgun carry permits to carry at higher education campuses and public parks in the state.
Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Lee has said that Constitutional Carry “secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.