Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Morning Roundup: Yeehaw! It's Wild West Shoot 'Em Up Time in Tennessee!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 7:29 AM

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Metal detecting wands at Tootsie's! The guns-in-bars law goes into effect. Don't you feel safer already?... The Shelby County attorney contends guns-in-bars and guns-in-parks laws are unconstitutional. ... Guns are banned from Williamson County, Brentwood and Shelby County parks. ... Chattanooga votes tonight, and the Times Free Press takes the opportunity to lash out at the legislature for turning Tennessee into an armed encampment:
The gun lobby's clout clearly is vastly disproportional to its relative size. Less than 4 percent of the state's population -- just 220,000 of the state's 6-million-plus citizens -- have obtained private gun-carry permits for concealed or openly carried handguns. Many permit holders, moreover, do not choose to carry handguns all the time. Yet in their name, the state's Legislature -- driven by an outsized 25 percent of legislators who have gun-carry permits -- have just pushed through a huge expansion of gun-carry rights in Tennessee.
WPLN's Jacqueline Fellows and Joe White discuss why, in the midst of one the worst environmental catastrophes in state history, Tennessee's environment still didn't get much attention. ... Nashville lawmakers criticize the state for outsourcing food stamp calls to India. ... Tennessee's No. 2 in teen unemployment. ... Van Hilleary (who?) predicts GOP resurgence in Washington: "We have a great opportunity to come roaring back if we stick to our guns."

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