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Ramsey: TN should spurn Virginia handgun permits

Gun owners and police in the City of Bristol, which straddles the Tennessee-Virginia border, see problems ahead when Virginia in February stops honoring handgun carry permits issued in Tennessee, according to WCYB-TV.

Among those unhappy is Tennessee’s Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who says Tennessee should now stop honoring Virginia handgun carry permits.

State Street divides Virginia and Tennessee (in Bristol). Soon that could mean gun carrying residents on the south side of the street become criminals on the north side.

“This is just the start of the criminalization of gun owners,” said Bristol attorney E. Lynn Dougherty, who said he was legally packing heat under his jacket while talking with News 5. “I take one step to my left and I am a criminal. I go from a law abiding citizen to a criminal.”

Bristol, Virginia Police will be tasked with enforcing the law on the north side of State Street, including during next year’s Rhythm and Roots festival. News 5 talked with Captain Maynard Ratcliff. “It makes it hard for us and it makes it hard for the citizens themselves.”

…Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the decision Tuesday. (Note: His press release is HERE.) “Virginia law does not allow the accepting of lower standards of other states and I am going to make sure the law is enforced.”

Herring says many states allow convicted drug dealers, and rapists, as well as mentally impaired people to carry guns. This decision prevents them from legally getting permits in other states and bringing them into the Commonwealth. Concealed carry permits will no longer be honored in 25 states, including Tennessee. Virginia will still recognize five states. And six states will no longer honor Virginia’s, because of laws requiring mutual recognition of permits.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey calls it a “slap in the face”. “Put it this way, I won’t be shopping at exit 5 (or) exit 7 anymore,” Ramsey said.

“Obviously reciprocity goes both ways. If they do not recognize our gun permits then we will not recognize Virginia’s gun permits. If that takes legislation, you will see that happen. But I’m not even sure that takes legislation.”

Hat tip: Jeff Woods

Ramsey to Christians: Get a handgun carry permit

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is encouraging Christians to arm themselves following Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon in which the gunman reportedly singled out Christians.

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press adds:

But the Republican Senate speaker’s call drew criticism from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini, who charged him with “fearmongering” and “apocalyptic delusions.”

In a Facebook post Friday, Ramsey referred to a “recent spike in mass shootings across the nation” as “truly troubling.”

“Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West,” he wrote.

“While this is not the time for widespread panic,” Ramsey added, “it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.

“Our enemies are armed,” he added. “We must do likewise.”

The post included a link to a Tennessee government website describing the steps necessary to obtain a state-issued handgun permit.

According to news accounts, Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire on fellow students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., killing nine students and wounding others before dying himself.

CNN reported the father of a wounded student saying his daughter told him Mercer singled out Christians. While reloading his handgun, the gunman ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Anastasia Boylan told her family, CNN reported.

Note: This updates, expands and replaces previous post.

Bill authorizing $500 lifetime handgun carry permit approved

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has voted to create a $500 lifetime handgun carry permit.

The chamber voted 90-3 on Monday to approve the measure (HB745) sponsored by Republican Rep. John Holsclaw Jr. of Elizabethton.

Current handgun carry permits are valid for five years. The initial application fee is $115, while renewals cost $50.

Under the bill, people with lifetime permits would still have to undergo background checks every five years and the Safety Department would still be able to suspend permits for people who are charged with crimes.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill on Wednesday.

About 500,000 people have handgun carry permits in Tennessee.

Bill Exempts Handgun Carry Permit Holders from Extra Background Checks, Costs State Estimated $307,000

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would exempt those holding handgun carry permits from going through a criminal background check each time they purchase a firearm.
The bill (SB306) is sponsored by Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown, who reasoned that permit holders have already gone through a background check and should not have to pay for another when they purchase a new gun. The permit must be renewed, with another background check, every four years.
The bill was approved on an 8-1 vote with Sen. Beverly Marrero, D-Memphis, casting the sole no vote. It now goes to the Finance Committee because the Legislature’s Fiscal Review staff estimated enactment will cost the state $307,000 in lost revenue.
Gun purchasers are charged $10 for a background check. The fiscal note says the TBI estimates that about 10 percent of gun purchases in the state each year are made by persons holding a permit – or about 30,700 – and multiplies that by $10 to come up with the estimate.