Senate OKs Bill Blocking Access to Gun Permits

The state Senate approved a bill today closing public and media access to Tennessee’s handgun-carry permit records in most cases, making confidential the identities of nearly 400,000 citizens licensed to go armed in public. The Senate added an amendment providing limited circumstances when the public may ask if a specific individual who has some brush with the law has a permit, which sends the bill back to the House for concurrence with the amendment only. The Commercial Appeal has the story.