TN Bill Would Designate Some Gun Owners As Police

ABC News reports:

Legislation introduced in the Tennessee state legislature this month is raising alarms from the state’s police union and gun control advocates who say it could turn the streets into the “old West.”

Two bills in the state assembly and state senate, HB 254 and SB 2523, would amend Tennessee law and designate “a person who has been issued an enhanced handgun carry permit” as a member of law enforcement.

State Sen. Joey Hensley, who introduced the state Senate version of the bill, told ABC News that the goal of the bill was to allow enhanced gun permit carriers to carry their weapons into locations where off-duty law enforcement enter, such as a store or restaurant that prohibits guns inside their business.

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Hensley last appeared on JMG three weeks ago when he introduced a bill that would ban “obscene” books from public school libraries.

He first appeared on JMG in 2019 when he introduced a bill to ban same-sex couples from adopting.

Four-times-married Hensley, a physician, returned to our attention the following year when he was accused of prescribing opioids to family members and his girlfriend. His girlfriend, not incidentally, was his married cousin.

Hensley was also the sponsor of Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” public schools bill and he authored a bill which would have declared children conceived via artificial insemination to be illegitimate.

In 2017 he was accused of adultery in a local couple’s divorce filing. In 2015 one of his ex-wives took out an order of protection against him after she claimed he deliberately hit her twice with his car.