A new law that would make it easier for people to get a concealed weapons permit has cleared the Senate and is now headed to Gov.
Maggie Hassan’s desk.
It would also make it harder for people with criminal records to get permits.
The bill is now in the hands of the House of Representatives, where it will likely face tough resistance.
If it passes, it will go to Hassan to be signed into law.
The Senate will consider the bill next week, but the House has already adjourned.
But, for now, Hassan’s gun safety bill is in limbo.
In fact, it could be dead by Christmas.
“It’s not dead yet, it’s just sitting in limbo,” said Sen. Bob Hasegawa, R-Nashville, one of three senators who voted against the bill in the Senate last week.
“But it’s dead and we have to move on to other priorities.”
A new bill, introduced by Hasekawa, would make the process of getting a concealed carry permit easier.
Under the new law, a person who holds a valid firearm safety certification would be able to apply for a concealed weapon permit within five days.
If they pass that exam, they would have the ability to buy a firearm from an importer or seller.
That person would then be able apply to the state for a gun safety certificate that would allow them to carry a concealed handgun for a period of time.
The certification would also allow the person to carry their weapon for an additional 20 days, which would allow the gun to be transferred from their home to a gun store.
The current gun safety certification only applies to people who are certified to be in a “high risk area.”
Under the legislation, a certification could apply to anyone who has been convicted of a felony, has a record of violence, or has a history of mental health issues.
That includes people with prior convictions, serious criminal convictions, or who are addicted to drugs.
“We don’t know if we’re going to get this passed or not,” Hasehawa said.
“I’m really hopeful that we’ll get it passed, but I’m not sure how.”
The bill also has a provision that allows people who have a criminal record to apply to have their record cleared and then apply again for a firearms safety certificate.
But the bill says that only people with felony convictions can be certified.
Hasewawa says the state needs to work with law enforcement to ensure that they don’t have access to guns that are used to commit crimes, and that people with serious criminal records, mental health problems, or criminal records of being a person with a history or current mental illness are also able to have access.
But Hasego said he doesn’t think there will be much help coming from the state of Tennessee.
“They can’t put it in a law.
It has to be a matter of individual states doing their own things,” he said.
He said the state has already tried to deal with gun violence, including closing the shooting range in Knoxville that was used by the gunman who killed nine people and wounded eight others in January.
“And we’ve had a lot of problems in Tennessee in that area, but they haven’t had a chance to do anything about it,” he added.
Hosewawa said he was disappointed that the bill didn’t include more resources to help law enforcement officers with background checks.
“That’s one thing that is not going to happen,” he told The Associated Press.
“Our job is to keep people safe.
And if we don’t do it, the law is not there.”