TN, 7th In Gun Deaths, Prepares For Change In Firearms Law


As Tennessee prepares again to allow guns in restaurants that serve alcohol, a nationwide survey by gun-control advocates said the state ranked seventh in gun-related deaths, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. The legislature has voted to override Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto of the latest bill that would allow holders of gun-carry permits to take their weapons inside any restaurant selling alcohol, although individual restaurant owners could still ban guns on their property.

The survey by the Virginia-based Violence Policy Center said Tennessee had a gun-related death rate of 15.03 per 100,000 people. That’s above a national average of about 10 gun deaths per 100,000, according to the survey. Louisiana topped the list, with a death rate of 19.87 per 100,000 and a household gun ownership rate of 45.6 percent. Hawaii came in last, with a death rate of 2.82 per 100,000 and a household gun ownership rate of 9.7 percent. Gun-rights advocates called the numbers skewed. They said the survey fails to account, for example, for the nationwide drop in violent crime since the 1970s that parallels a rise in gun ownership, or the cases when criminals flee at the sight of an intended victim’s gun.

Comments are closed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.