3/06/2009

25% of Tennessee State Legislators have concealed handgun permits

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports:

Tennesseans may want to treat their state legislators with a little more respect in the future: Records show one out of every four members of the Tennessee General Assembly has a state-issued permit to carry a loaded handgun.

Thirty-four of the legislature’s 132 members hold handgun-carry permits, according to Department of Safety records cross-referenced with other available information such as home addresses.

That comes to 25.75 percent of the membership of the House and Senate, a figure about five times the percentage among the state’s general population.

In the 33-member Senate, one third or 11 senators, have a handgun-carry permit. Twenty-three legislators in the 99-member House — or 23.2 percent — have permits, records show.

Statewide, 219,236 Tennesseans have permits, meeting requirements that include being at least 21 and passing a handgun safety course. In 2007, they comprised about 4.67 percent of the estimated 4,687,000 adult Tennesseans ages 18 and older, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. No 2007 data on how many adult Tennesseans who are 21 and above was available. . . .

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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Hypocrisy at it's finest, eh?

I could not help but notice the anti-gun slant of the article.

"Tennesseans may want to treat their state legislators with a little more respect in the future: Records show one out of every four members of the Tennessee General Assembly has a state-issued permit to carry a loaded handgun."

Should I be scared?

How about this...

"This is a 2003 handout photo showing Smith & Wesson's new .50-caliber Magnum hunting revolver, the five-shot Model 500, said to be the most powerful production handgun on the market."

Ummmm, is this the moment I wet myself in fear? I like the way they make note of it as a hunting revolver. Nasty hunters!!! How dare you use a hand cannon to shoot defenseless animals!

Back to hypocrisy.

"Legislative permit holders range from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, the Senate speaker, to Sen. Ophelia Ford, D-Memphis, and from House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, to former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, records show.

In all, 22 Republicans have permits while 12 Democrats possess one.

“One of four has it? I’m really surprised,” said Rep. Naifeh. He noted he obtained his permit in part last year to demonstrate he was not anti-gun but largely “anti-gun in bars” when he blocked handgun-carry permit bills in a House subcommittee."

Typical Democrat garbage. Do as I say, not as I do! "anti-gun in bars" is a good reason to block permits for all, yet he gets a permit?

Sheesh!

3/06/2009 2:17 PM  

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