NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A bill filed in the Tennessee House this week would allow those with enhanced handgun carry permits to bring a firearm into businesses that restrict weapons.
HB2032 was filed by Rep. Jody Barrett (R-Dickson) on Tuesday. The legislation would “remove the offense of possessing a weapon in a building that prohibits or restricts weapons” – meaning those with enhanced carry permits would not be penalized for carrying.
Those working in the business could still deny them service. Rep. Barrett says businesses still have the right to ask customers to leave if they have a sign posted out front that prohibits handguns. He explains it just wouldn’t make it a crime anymore.
“People should not be walking in the traps so to speak and getting charged with a crime when they really had no intent of doing any harm to the public,” Barrett explained.
Barrett says the goal is to not make law abiding citizens criminals.