Embody's encounter with the Belle Meade police.
Our buddy Leonard Embody, the infamous Radnor Lake Rambo, has sued the state to challenge Tennessee's handgun permit law. He's upset because the state suspended his permit after he waltzed around the lake with an AK-47 pistol slung around his shoulder and then followed up that stunt by parading down Belle Meade Boulevard carrying a revolver openly in his hand.
Police stopped Embody both times but couldn't charge him with anything because what he was doing is perfectly legal. Instead, the state decided Embody poses a “material likelihood of risk to the public” and suspended his gun permit for that reason.
"This guy has an affinity for open carry," Belle Meade police chief Tim Eads tells the Tennessean. "Just because you have a right to do something doesn't mean it's the right thing to do."
Ah, but there's the rub. It may not be the right thing to do to carry your handguns in open view like Wyatt Earp. But under our crazy handgun permit statute, it's not illegal. Embody's lawsuit obviously makes a good point. What does "material likelihood of risk to the public" mean exactly? That standard seems unfairly vague. Embody says he's never been arrested and never been charged with a crime. Is he a risk to the public just because he's doing what the law allows?
If we don't like gun freaks strutting around our state with their pistols in open view, then we ought to change the law to prohibit that.