TN lawmaker sponsors bill for prison guard gun rights

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One Tennessee lawmaker hopes to make it easier for corrections officers to carry firearms when off duty. 

State Representative Mark Windle has filed a bill that will give prison guards the same firearms privileges as off-duty law enforcement. 

Rep. Windle says currently, correctional officers have to work five years before they can carry a gun, off-duty in the same manner as police. 

“I’m not trying to be critical of inmates but there’s a lot of violent inmates that are inside the prison for a reason, and they commit a lot of violent acts both inside the prison and they’ve got friends outside the prison that sometimes try to retaliate. This bill simply allows the corrections officers to protect themselves by having the right to carry a firearm in the same manner as an off-duty law enforcement officer,” said Rep. Windle

The bill will up for discussion by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Mar. 5. 

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