New Gun Related Laws Coming in 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- We’re just a few days away from the new year and with that comes some new gun-related laws.

Starting January 1st, some 18 to 20 year-old men and women will be able to qualify for handgun carry permits that’s if they are active duty military, retired, or honorably discharged.

Right now, you must be 21 to get a carry permit.

Legislators say the decision was motivated by the terror attacks that happened last year here in Chattanooga, that left 5 service members dead.

We spoke with one local gun store owner about his thoughts on the new legislation.

“Unfortunately it’s taken 5 decades, but I believe the attitude of the legislators in Tennessee today is…if you are active military there is an assumption that you are more responsible and have more training the the average citizen. And I believe this is a good move on the state legislators. I see no fault with it, whatsoever. It’s just one more benefit to the state of Tennessee lends to it’s citizens,” says John Martin who is the Shooter’s Depot Co-Owner.

In addition another new law states that the cost of a lifetime handgun carry price is dropping in price.

It is going from $500 to $200 to anyone who is renewing.

And $315 for first-time applicants.

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