The new Open Carry law doesn't reduce the checks already existing to purchase a firearm. The law allows those that own firearms to legally and openly carry them in our state. A private business has the right to say they do not want a firearm in their establishment.
As for walking down the street; I believe a mugger will think twice before jumping someone that is openly carrying a handgun. Certainly, people own guns that mentally and emotionally shouldn't. The same is true for knives, as we tragically observed in a Pennsylvania high school. And I've been on to many crash sites where vehicles killed and/or injured people due to careless decisions by the operator.
Freedom lends itself to abuse but that abuse should never void freedom.
I support the Open Carry law.
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The Tennessee Senate’s passing of a bill to allow any Tennessean who can legally own a firearm to carry a handgun openly without any state issued registration or permit is outrageous and a threat to public safety. Although the government continues to grow and intrude on our personal lives, it is painfully apparent from the recent mass shootings and pervasiveness of homeless people on our streets, we have a government that is unable to identify or treat the mentally ill, much less keep guns out of their hands (I don’t believe all homeless people are mentally ill, but do believe many who are mentally ill end up there).
I am a member of the NRA, have a concealed carry permit, and regularly carry a loaded firearm – sometimes I even carry it openly. Quite frankly, I wish the standards for licensure of a concealed carry permit were more stringent. When I went through the permitting process, I only had to attend one five hour class. In the shooting portion of qualification, if I missed my target 25 percent of the time, I still passed. I’m not pleased when my children earn a C in school. I’m not satisfied that a C grade is okay for someone carrying a loaded weapon.
I fully support the right for people to own a firearm and keep it in their home for protection without licensure or registration. While doing so, I wish they were smart enough to keep their guns in locked and safe places and require their family members who might have access to the firearm to enroll in safety courses and know how to properly and safely use the firearm. But to allow anyone who can legally own a firearm to carry the handgun openly in public will lead to the proliferation of firearms in the hands of the untrained, the greater theft of guns, greater incidents of accidental death, and more mass shootings and the deaths of innocents.
Just because I can legally own an automobile, does that mean I should be able to drive it on the streets without any training or licensure? Bo Watson, what are you thinking?
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I agree with Bob Linehart 100 percent. I, too, have a conceal carry permit. One of the things taught in our course was not to wear your weapon in the open. Too many things can go wrong. All someone has to do is come up behind you, put a gun to your head and say give me yours. Or, club you from behind and take it. It happens a lot. The “gangs” will have a field day.
What about enforcement? Will police have to check every gun they see carried openly to make sure its registered? If not, the gangs, again, will be strapping on their firearms, openly. I'm betting they may be smarter than that. Police will be getting calls all the time about persons with a handgun and they are required to respond to all of these calls. It’s just not good common sense.
I believe, wholeheartedly, with the right to bear arms, responsibly, which means being fingerprinted, having a background check, registering your weapon and taking a course. Remember, your arming everyone, crazy or not, unless the cops ask every single person they see with a gun on their hip for their registration, it will be chaos.
No to Open Carry.