Update: Haslam's latest position on his only position—"I'm in favor of leaving the handgun permit requirements the way they are now." McWherter calls Haslam's position, whatever it is, "off the cliff."
"One thing to remember," Haslam said, "in Tennessee the governor's veto, it can be overridden with a simple majority. But if the legislature passes that, I did say I would sign that."
Rep. Stacey Campfield proudly is stepping forward as one possible sponsor of this legislation, which says just about all you need to know about whether it's a good idea. And another Einstein of East Tennessee—Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Pleistocene Epoch—notes that we're all born with the right to go armed. Next on the gun nuts' action agenda for Haslam's signature? How about a law requiring the presentation of firearms to every newborn child?