TN Governor Inks Permitless Carry Law at Beretta Plant
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday conducted a ceremonial bill signing for his permitless carry legislation before a crowd at the Beretta plant near Gallatin.
"Proud to be at @Beretta_USA to sign our constitutional carry bill today," Lee noted on his official Twitter account. "This legislation is a win for law-abiding Tennesseans, public safety, & #2A rights. Constitutional carry is long overdue in our state, & I'm grateful for our partners in the General Assembly."
The new law, set to take effect in July, codifies both open and concealed carry of a handgun if certain conditions are met. For example, the person must be at least 21 years old – or 18 if in the military – be carrying a gun that meets the state's definition of a handgun and have not been convicted of misdemeanor stalking or recent DUIs. It also boosts punishments for the theft of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a felony.
The new state-of-the-art Beretta factory in Gallatin was established in 2016, shifting some operations to the gun-friendly Volunteer State from more restrictive Maryland. Tennessee is already the home of the Barrett Firearms rifle works. In a further expansion of the gun industry in the state, Lee last month welcomed Massachusetts-based Troy Industries, who is leaving that anti-gun Commonwealth for friendlier digs in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Banner photo: "Governor Lee signs constitutional carry at Beretta, 6/2/21" via the Tennessee Governor's Office.