Law-abiding citizens should have firearms

USA: Tennessee allows pistols to be carried without a permit

Republican Governor Bill Lee said that it should not be difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutionally protected right to carry a weapon.

The law he signed on Thursday (local time) allows most citizens who are at least 21 years old and legally own their handguns to carry them in public without further authorization. According to the local newspaper "Tennessean", security leaders opposed the relaxation of the gun law. The change in the law does not apply to larger weapons such as rifles. The new regulation also tightened the maximum prison sentence for the theft of certain weapons from 30 days to 180 days.

In the United States, some of the 50 states allow weapons to be carried openly or covertly without the need for special permits or training. Compared to Europe, gun law in the US is generally very lax.

US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, had on Thursday in view of the prevailing gun violence in the United States, strongly advocated tightening gun law. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic," said Biden when presenting various measures with which he wants to make gun law a little stricter. It is also a cause for shame for the United States at the international level. "It is long overdue for us to act." The President urged Congress to pass stricter gun laws.

In the United States, there are regular fatal incidents involving firearms, which are usually easy to buy there. In its latest statistics from 2018, the CDC health authority recorded a total of 39,740 gun deaths - a good 100 deaths per day. Around 60 percent of the cases were suicides and around 30 percent homicides.