Lee won’t lift gun ban within state Capitol

Gov.-elect Bill Lee won’t lift the ban on firearms within the state Capitol when he takes office.

That’s according to Sam Stockard over at the Daily Memphian.

“I think the regulations as they are will stand. I’m not going to change that,” Lee said.

As of the start of the year, 628,427 Tennesseans had state-issued permits to carry firearms in public. The state suspended or revoked 2,252 permits for criminal charges or orders of protection in domestic violence cases. Another 2,882 permit applications were denied.

The General Assembly began allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring their firearms into the new Cordell Hull legislative office complex when it opened last year. But outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam maintained the ban within the Capitol.

Permit holders must present themselves to state troopers at the Cordell Hull entrances, and are required to keep their guns holstered all times within the building.

New House Speaker Glen Casada told the publication he sees no reason to change the policy.

“I support the current policy in place allowing citizens to go armed in the Cordell Hull building,” he said. “An armed, law-abiding citizen creates a safer environment for all Tennesseans.”

Democratic state Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis), a former Marine, said Lee’s decision to keep the ban in place is unsurprising.

“I think he wants to keep himself safe,” Parkinson said.

4 Responses to Lee won’t lift gun ban within state Capitol

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    Lance Persson says:

    It seems these days that Democrats (i.e. Parkinson) can’t say anything nice or positive about Republicans. That should tell you about the leadership within their party.

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    Norma Shirk says:

    So state legislators and the governor can be safe from gun violence but the rest of us are on our own.

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    Silence Dogood says:

    The sate capital is armed to the teeth with armed security, folks. They were safe before. And Bill is not saying criminals won’t sneak guns into the capital. Only that law abiding permit carrying citizens cannot bring guns.

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