(UnitedVoice.com) – Gun control is a very hot topic in America. Some officials push to ban guns entirely, while others want to restrict them to control the criminal acquisition of firearms on the black market. But others believe firmly in the Second Amendment right to own — and carry — firearms for any reason. This places not only the country but also each individual state, in constant debate over the topic.
Tennessee recently passed a bill that would allow all adults (21+) open carry of handguns with no permit. The Judiciary Committee voted 16-7 in favor of the bill, but it still has a few departments to clear before it’s passed.
The Tennessee Holler tweeted their opinion on the topic along with a video of the committee proceedings prior to the vote:
PERMITLESS CARRY HIGHLIGHTS: “In a state with a serious GUN VIOLENCE problem, this is a HUGE step in the wrong direction.”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 4, 2020
They aren’t alone in feeling that way. Despite an overwhelming number of votes in favor of the bill, it seems as if many people actively want to dissuade voters from supporting it.
In 2018, over 1,200 Tennesseans were killed in violent gun crime, one of the highest numbers in the country. The controversial bill would set a precedent for other states if passed.
But will knowing that anyone might be carrying really deter crime? Or will it just make it easier for criminals to obtain firearms?
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