NASHVILLE — The State Senate approved a House amendment on Monday and sent to the governor legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) making it easier for veterans to obtain a handgun carry permit. Under Senate Bill 1490, a carry permit applicant will not be required to comply with the mandatory classroom and firing range hours if the applicant is an active, honorably discharged or retired veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Those men and women who are serve us in the Armed Forces are highly trained in how to handle a firearm,” said Senator Overbey. “Given this fact, the current law which requires that he or she completes a course before obtaining a handgun carry permit is an unnecessary burden. This new law will remove that requirement to make it easier for them to obtain their permit.”
The veteran will have to present a certified copy of their certificate of release or discharge from active duty, a department of defense form 214 (DD 214) that documents the veteran has completed the military handgun training of not less than four (4) hours prior to seeking the permit. Those on active duty will, likewise, be required to present documentation of the successful completion of handgun training of not less than four hours as required by all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
“Those who are trained to go into harm’s way to protect us should not have to go through additional instruction on firearm use to get a permit,” added Overbey. “I am very pleased this bill has been approved by the House and Senate and is now on its way to the Governor.”
Upon the governor’s signature, the bill will be effective July 1.