NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Before last year's elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.
The Senate voted 27-2 to pass the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin without debate. Those voting in favor of the measure included Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who had previously expressed support for keeping the records open to the public.
Ramsey told reporters after the floor session that he was unsuccessful in finding a way keep the records open while at the same time banning media organizations from publishing the handgun carry records online.