Permitless carry: How they voted

House members attend a floor session in Nashville on Jan. 12, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The House voted 64-29 to pass a bill eliminating training and background check requirements in order to carry a loaded handgun in public. The Senate previously approved its version on a 23-9 vote. The bill now heads for Gov. Bill Lee’s signature.

The measure is opposed by law enforcement groups, though sponsors noted they had heard from several officers and sheriff’s deputies that they supported the measure.

The House bill gained the support of 63 Republicans and one Democrat, Rep. John Mark Windle of Livingston. Twenty-four Democrats voted against the measure, plus five Republicans voted against the bill: John Gillespie of Memphis, Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain, Eddie Mannis of Knoxville, Mark White of Memphis, and Sam Whitson of Franklin. Five other GOP members were absent or abstained.

In the Senate, all six Democrats plus three Republicans voted against the bill: Sens. Richard Briggs of Knoxville, Brian Kelsey of Memphis, and Becky Massey of Knoxville.

(See the House rollcall after the jump.)

MemberPartyVote
Alexander, RebeccaRyes
Baum, CharlieRyes
Beck, BillDno
Boyd, ClarkRyes
Bricken, RushRyes
Byrd, DavidRabsent
Calfee, KentRyes
Campbell, ScottyRyes
Camper, Karen D.Dno
Carr, DaleRyes
Carringer, MicheleRyes
Carter, MikeRabsent
Casada, GlenRyes
Cepicky, ScottRyes
Chism, JesseDno
Clemmons, John RayDno
Cochran, MarkRyes
Cooper, BarbaraDno
Crawford, JohnRyes
Curcio, Michael G.Ryes
Darby, TandyRyes
Dixie, VincentDno
Doggett, ClayRyes
Eldridge, RickRyes
Faison, JeremyRyes
Farmer, AndrewRyes
Freeman, BobDno
Gant, Ron M.Ryes
Garrett, JohnnyRyes
Gillespie, JohnRno
Griffey, BruceRyes
Grills, RustyRyes
Hakeem, YusufDno
Halford, CurtisRyes
Hall, MarkRyes
Hardaway, G. A.Dno
Harris, Torrey C.Dno
Haston, KirkRyes
Hawk, DavidRyes
Hazlewood, PatsyRno
Helton, EstherRyes
Hicks, GaryRyes
Hicks, TimRyes
Hodges, JasonDno
Holsclaw, Jr., John B.Ryes
Howell, DanRyes
Hulsey, BudRyes
Hurt, ChrisRyes
Jernigan, DarrenDno
Johnson, Curtis G.Ryes
Johnson, GloriaDno
Keisling, KellyRabsent
Kumar, Sabi ‘Doc’Ryes
Lafferty, JustinRyes
Lamar, LondonDno
Lamberth, WilliamRyes
Leatherwood, TomRyes
Littleton, MaryRyes
Love, Harold M., Jr.Dno
Lynn, SusanRyes
Mannis, EddieRno
Marsh, PatRyes
McKenzie, SamDno
Miller, Larry J.Dno
Mitchell, BoDno
Moody, DebraRyes
Moon, JeromeRyes
Ogles, BrandonRabsent
Parkinson, AntonioDno
Potts, JasonDno
Powell, JasonDno
Powers, DennisRyes
Ragan, JohnRyes
Ramsey, BobRabsent
Reedy, Jay D.Ryes
Rudd, TimRyes
Rudder, IrisRyes
Russell, LowellRyes
Sexton, Cameron SpeakerRyes
Sexton, JerryRyes
Shaw, JohnnyDno
Sherrell, PaulRyes
Smith, RobinRyes
Sparks, MikeRyes
Stewart, MikeDno
Terry, BryanRyes
Thompson, DwayneDno
Todd, ChrisRyes
Towns, Joe, Jr.Dabsent
Travis, RonRyes
Vaughan, KevinRyes
Warner, ToddRyes
Weaver, Terri LynnRyes
White, MarkRno
Whitson, SamRno
Williams, RyanRyes
Windle, John MarkDyes
Wright, DaveRyes
Zachary, JasonRyes

28 Responses to Permitless carry: How they voted

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    Jonathan Swift says:

    If your senator or representative voted yes, please thank him or her for disregarding the warnings from law enforcement. When it comes time to vote on legalizing cannabis, maybe they can do the same thing.

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      MARLE says:

      Do you have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to cannabis? If not, then they are not the same.

      But I suppose for the Abortion enthusiasts who find shelter in the Roe privacy /”my body” doctrine, perhaps the right to do drugs of any kind could be upheld as a privacy right.

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        I don’t have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs either, but our Nashville nannies have seen fit to allow adults to have them. If indeed the Constitution allows me to bear arms, why can’t they be automatic weapons or hand grenades?

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          MARLE says:

          Your point was that the legislation Ignored the warnings from law enforcement on guns so they should do the same for cannabis. AND I replied that guns and cannabis are not the same in that ONE of them is a protected Bill of Rights issue and One of them is not.

          So law enforcements attitude is NOT the driving consideration; constitutional Rights are. You have a Right to bear arms but no RIGHT to smoke, ingest, or inject drugs (unless we find a right to privacy that is a backdoor such as in the Right to abortion based on a Right to privacy).

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Do senators really need an AR-15 to defend his family, like the ding-a-ling senator from SC, Lyndsey Graham? Maybe set up some machine gun turrets on the corners of the house also. And be sure to wear the vest with explosives strapped to it just in case they really get close. He says he “needs” one.

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          MARLE says:

          And you know the argument is the “slippery slope” issue by which gradually, like the frog in the boiling water”, people get used to the erosion of the RIGHT little by little without hardly noticing. Next thing you know total banning of guns altogether.

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    James White says:

    Nope to Dope

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    We will be slaughtered in the streets now like other big cities where conservatives have allowed guns to infiltrate the population. This is bad news. Arming angry Trump voters by the millions is dangerous to Tennessee.

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      Cryan says:

      A lot of liberals have been buying guns the last few years. If you have a Biden sign, a rainbow flag, or happen to not be white, I wouldn’t really trust the police to protect your home right now. Not until they clean house. Too many QAnon cops out there.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I LOVE BEATRICE SHAW!!!!! A leftist totally and absolutely divorced from reality who expresses herself in the most penetrable clichés. For example, her reference to all those big cities controlled by conservatives where people are being “slaughtered.” If my conservative friends and I sat down and attempted to come up with our dream leftist to make a mockery of the typical leftist we could not do better than the real, live honest to goodness Beatrice Shaw.

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      James B. Garrett says:

      Beatrice, are you talking about cities like Chicago? You know, places where conservatives have allowed guns to infiltrate the population.

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    David Collins says:

    This has to be the most irresponsible bill to ever be enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly! And to hear Lee stand up there and say that he wanted this law to “increase public safety” shows just how truly stupid he is. Okay, let’s make the insanity complete. How about: No more tests to get a driver’s license–hell, while we are at it–let’s repeal the law requiring folks to get a drivers license altogether. Next, repeal the law that requires motorists to carry liability insurance. Of course, for those sane individuals who continue to try and have car insurance, your rates will skyrocket through the roof, but hey, one less government intrusion, right? And let’s do away with requiring people to go to flight school to be licensed to fly an airplane. If you can afford to buy a plane, get one and learn as you fly. Just like you can learn on the fly (pun intended) on how to use a gun under this new law. Who cares if a few innocent people get killed in the process–collateral damage. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! Just when you might think the legislature cannot get more irresponsible they will manage to come up with something more inane than they have before.

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      MARLE says:

      And the come-back from those who are Constitutionalists is that no one has a Constitutionally guaranteed right to drive a car, fly a plane, etc…..we all DO have a second amendment guarantee to bear arms which implies no government infringement. The courts have found a limitation to first amendment guarantees of free speech but very few and even those keep that issue before the courts all the time.

      So the argument about cars and planes is not the winning one with this crowd.

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    James White says:

    We need Open Carry for Long Guns Too !!!

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      Eddie White says:

      I am not losing sleep over the open carry law, but let’s not pretend that the government and courts have not been limiting those rights from the get go. Freedom of speech does not allow you to scream fire in a public theatre; freedom of religion does not include the drinking of poison or handling of snakes; and we have been restricting gun rights since before Marshall Dillon took up all the guns in Dodge City.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      Typical comment, James. In your mind, open carry for rifles is the answer to what? Do you really think than anyone should be able to walk into a supermarket or theater or any other place with a large group of people brandishing rifles and/or pistols? Would you be comfortable with that, given the rather frequent mass shootings going on? I guess you think you can be the good guy packing heat that will take down a killer, collateral damage or not. Dream on.

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    Charles says:

    Lets get an ok for mortars without any permit. After all, we treasure the Second Amendment – without reservation.

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      MARLE says:

      You realize the Constitution CAN be amended. So the Congress can change small or major aspects of the 2d Amendment through a rather difficult legislative process.

      When the vast majority of Americans want to eliminate the 2d Amendment, they can through their elected representation in Washington.

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      It is possible to own a live mortar with a destructive device license. You’ll also need a large pile of cash!

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      I demand my rights to carry a bazooka and maybe drive a tank while concealing the bazooka on the passenger side seat. I could really feel “constitutional” driving through town. Open carry, oh yeah!!

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        MARLE says:

        Open carry actually makes you the First target to take out. Most people with the right to open carry don’t expose the gun for that very reason.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    This “Open Carry” Law will turn out to be a disaster. We need less guns on the street, not more.

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      MARLE says:

      Open carry is only about visibility of the weapon. Most states have always made it LESS restrictive to carry open than concealed carry.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    When guns are out and visible is when the trouble is about to start. How do you think people in grocery stores in Colorado feel about seeing fellow shoppers freely carrying guns in the store today? I don’t think they feel relaxed that someone with a weapon is “protecting them” – I think they hurry to finish their shopping trip and get the hell out of there. The more people “see” guns in public the more people want to carry their own guns, leading to the spread of our heavily armed public. A huge majority of the public says they are for “sensible gun laws” but it just doesn’t happen for some reason. Conservatives and republicans keep preaching that the Dems are coming for your guns. We hear it over and over. Can anyone name a Dem President in all of our history that actually took guns away from a single law-abiding American?

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