On July 1st the state of Tennessee moves one step closer to freedom as some restrictions on concealed carry come to an end. The new law, signed by Governor Bill Lee on April 8th, makes Tennessee the 19th state in the nation to waive the need for a permit to carry a gun.
“We see the right to keep and bear arms as a natural one that extends from one’s right to protect themselves, something that cannot be impeded by government,” says Dave Jones, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee. “While we appreciate our firearm rights being recognized by the state, we still oppose all remaining laws restricting the carrying of certain types of arms, munitions, equipment (i.e., bump stocks), etc., as well as the restrictions that will still be placed on non-military 18–21-year-olds; if a Tennessean can be prosecuted for multiple firearms-related offenses, and are thereby considered mature enough to be held fully accountable for their criminal actions, they’re old enough to carry a firearm legally.”
The Libertarian Party is the 3rd-largest political party in America and has been growing rapidly as voters become more disenchanted with the direction the country is going and with the policies put forth by the Republican and Democrat parties. Started in 1971, the Libertarian Party has run on a small federal government platform, preferring to allow local and state governments to make decisions for their communities rather than having a large DC bureaucracy decide what’s best for Main Street.
History has proven that the freest societies have been ones in which the people have been adequately armed; it has also proven what happens when they are disarmed by the state.
The Libertarian Party of Tennessee believes the answer to America’s political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America’s founders. To learn more and to get involved please go to www.lptn.org.