Tennessee makes it possible to carry a handgun without training or a background check for most adults 21 or older

Azmi Haroun
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Tennessee
A Tennessee State Trooper stands guard on the grounds of the State Capitol Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. The FBI has warned of the potential for armed protests at the nation's Capitol and all 50 state capitol buildings beginning this weekend. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill allowing most adults 21 or older to carry guns without background checks.

  • The bill was signed on Thursday, hours after President Joe Biden issued executive orders on gun control.

  • Tennessee's law will go into effect on July 1, 2021.

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Hours after President Joe Biden rolled out a series of executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill allowing most residents over 21 in the state to carry a gun without a permit or a background check.

Tennessee becomes the nineteenth US state to have permit-less gun carry laws.

The law will go into effect on July 1, 2021, and was a top legislative priority for Lee. In an announcement about the bill, the governor thanked the National Rifle Association for their help with the bill.

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