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Even as the legislature is moving quickly and with astonishingly little debate to let licensed gunmen carry their weapons into saloons, parks and other new places, they have been accused in three murders in this state in the past five weeks. The latest is the tragic killing
of a part-time model in Bartlett. The other two were road rage shootings. In one, the handgun permit holder
shot and killed the other motorist after an accident, then pointed his .40 caliber pistol at a witness trying to dial 911, according to police. Another gun nut killed somebody in an argument
over a parking space, police say.
Then there's the handgun permit holder who shot and wounded his wife
while cleaning his loaded Glock while watching Cher on TV. And the one who pleaded guilty to assault
after threatening his wife with his weapon.
Incredibly enough, there's been absolutely no mention of any of these crimes at the legislature as all these gun bills have been moving through the committee system. Zip. We learned that all these guys were licensed to carry handguns by checking the Tennessee handgun carry permit database. That's the list that gun advocates are trying to close to the public so we can't find out what licensed gunmen are doing. Even when that bill has been debated briefly, no one has brought up any of these crimes.