Letters to the Editor

Wintroub offers clarification on two articles from last week

Dear Editor:

EDITOR’S NOTE: According to media reports, the Virginia concealed permit reciprocity policy that was to take effect February first is in the process of possible change, as Democrats and Republicans in the state are attempting to reach a compromise on the issue.

Dear Editor:

Paula Walter got it almost right in her article “Roe addresses current issues facing East Tennesseans.”

First point: Tennessee does not have a “concealed carry gun permit”; it has a Handgun Carry Permit that allows the holder to carry either concealed or openly. “Neither Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1351, nor any other statute governing the carrying of firearms, requires the holder of a handgun carry permit to carry the handgun in a concealed manner.” [STATE OF TENNESSEE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL October 11, 2005 Opinion No. 05-154]

Second point: In spite of the Virginia Attorney General’s “disrecognition” of Tennessee’s permit, it will not be the case that “On one side of the street carrying a handgun is permitted, and the other does not if you do not possess a Virginia carry permit.” Virginia does not require a permit to carry openly. As of February 1, only if you wish to conceal your handgun when you’re in Virginia will you need a concealed carry permit issued by Virginia or by one of the states whose permits Virginia still accepts.

As for Bonnie Davis Guy’s article “Legislation introduced to halt Islamic teaching in schools”

this sort of misleading reporting results when you substitute politicians’ press releases for journalism.

House Bill 1905 would not “halt Islamic teaching in schools”. It doesn’t even address Islam. The most relevant portions of the bill, as introduced, say “WHEREAS, schools may not indoctrinate, promote, or show bias to a religion” and “The inclusion of religion in textbooks, instructional materials, curriculum, or academic standards shall be for educational purposes only and shall not be used to promote or establish any religion or religious belief.” [legiscan.com/TN/text/HB1905/2015]

If this bill, as it currently reads, is enacted *and enforced*, there are going to be a lot of unhappy fundamentalist Christians in this state when they find that they are no longer allowed to use the public schools to indoctrinate, promote, and show bias for their religious beliefs.        

Terry Wintroub
Mountain City