TN Senate Approves Open Carry, No Permit Required

So, this just happened:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

Beavers said the measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly.

I’ve been compiling my weekly list of gun loonery and accidental shootings for tomorrow’s Tennessee Gun Report post. We have two three accidental shootings this week, one fatal, which is about the average: we tend to get two a week across the state — at least, those are the ones that are reported in the news media. Most responsible evah, etc. etc. Say it often enough, that still doesn’t make it true.

So, is the Tennessee Senate ensuring the rest of us are at least financially protected from the personal and property damage caused by idiots who can’t take off their pants without accidentally shooting something? Or can’t load a Christmas tree in the back of their truck without shooting themselves? Or can’t clean their guns without accidentally shooting a person eating breakfast in an entirely different room?

Of course not. Because we can throw all sorts of road blocks up to block people trying to vote, or exercise their freedom of religion that’s not Christian-flavored, but the Second Amendment is somehow different from all of those other ones. Somehow that’s the one that Tennessee politicians are just too chicken shit to touch.

So congratulations ALEC, Walmart and Koch Bros.! You got this one. I hope you reap every single ounce of bad karma you deserve for this bone-headed move.

The only solution to this, I fear, is public mocking and shaming. When I see one of these loons walking around with his gun proudly on display, I plan to offer my condolences about his penis. I may start traveling with a box of adult diapers, and hand them out to any one of these scaredy-cats who can’t leave the house without his security blanket. Or how about just asking them, “what the hell is wrong with you?”

Absolutely insane.


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20 responses to “TN Senate Approves Open Carry, No Permit Required

  1. Roadmaster1968

    “Nice GUN… sorry about your DICK.”

  2. at least i’ll be able to spot the loons with their prominently displayed guns and move away from them. the nuts whose guns are hidden worry me, too. i don’t trust those folks. their guns just seem to go off randomly all by themselves somehow. i can’t believe no liability insurance is required. sign me up for the extremist “take away _all_ their guns & repeal the 2nd amendment” campaign.

  3. Joseph Stans

    After religiously reading your TN gun reports for several months I can see the logic in the Senates actions. After all what could go wrong? The gun owners and operators in TN are as least as well trained and competent in the use of fire arms as the residents of Monkey Island in Singapore. They were not, however, as good in marksmanship.

  4. jazzbumpa

    Good luck with your gun shaming plan. How you live to tell us about it.

    Meanwhile, I heard on the radio yesterday that the high school graduation rate in Tennessee is 32%.

    That might explain a few things.


    • jazzbumpa

      HOPE you live to tell us about it.

    • Really, 32%? That doesn’t sound right. Maybe it’s for all people in the state, not students in high school. According to this:

      “Between 2002 and 2010, the state graduation rate went from 59.6 to 80.4 percent, gaining an average of 2.45 percent a year between 2006 and 2010.”

  5. They’re creating jobs–for first responders and undertakers.

  6. So, it[s now part of the Wild, Wild West ?

  7. The new law will, no doubt, make the citizenwarriahs of TN even MOAH responsible!

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  9. I live in Mae Beavers district. I think I’ll suggest she sponsor legislation bringing back the duel.

  10. 30 states allow open carry of handguns without permit. So should Tennessee. Learn more at

  11. If only everybody had been armed at that school in PA, then they’da made swiss cheese outta that knife-o-perp, BEFORE he could cut alla them people. Why if EVERYBODY had a gun, with no stupid restrictions on how many rounds were in the “mag” well, shit, ONLY the bad guy woulda got put down. It’s simple, see?

  12. tao

    Nothing like a big old gun to compensate for a nanodick.