Handgun permits rise as legislators try to ease laws

Handgun permits rise as legislators try to ease laws
In 2008, roughly one out of 32 Tennesseans had a valid handgun permit. Now, it's nearly one out of 13.

As the number of valid gun permits in Tennessee prepares to exceed half a million — 300,000 of which are new since 2008 — Tennessee lawmakers continue to push to ease restrictions on where and when Tennesseans can pack heat.

Gun-rights advocates say there's no reason to fear more people legally carrying guns, and there's no correlation between more guns and less safety. But opponents say that's simply not true, arguing any weakening of gun laws only increases the chances of violence and tragic accidents.

In the next few days, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security will almost certainly announce there are more than 500,0000 valid handgun permits in the state.
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