New Tennessee law allows online course for gun permits
Tennessee has a new gun law that allows people to get their concealed carry permits online.
This means they could get their permit without having any experience shooting a gun.
The bill states an applicant must submit proof of a completed department approved handgun safety course within one year of the date of application.
Officials say the new requirement is a 90-minute online course, instead of taking the previous requirement of an eight hour in-person, hands-on course.
State Representative Andy Holt sponsored the bill and says it is about saving people money and time.
"You know, if we're talking about having to take a class that requires eight hours of classroom instruction, then that means I'm going to have to be away from my family, away for an entire day," Holt says.
It will go into effect on January 1st, 2020.