The AP recently looked at public records and found that 2,133 people have had their permits revoked or suspended for criminal charges or orders of protection over the last two years in Tennessee. Handgun permit owners have killed or been accused of killing 16 people in the past five years in this state. One of the shootings started as argument over how close together two SUVs were parked.
The NRA would rather the public not learn about all that murder and mayhem because it makes voters wonder what the hell our lawmakers are thinking when they keep expanding gun rights.
Some lawmakers have tried to close these records in the past. They didn’t do it only because Republicans like to have the names of the handgun permit owners to shake them down for campaign contributions. Rep. Debra Maggart’s defeat last year changed all that, teaching the state’s politicians a lesson, and they are determined to make the NRA happy this session no matter the consequences.