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    There was a news paper Commercial Appeal in TN that wrote several articles about CCW permit holders involved in crimes and created a searchable database of permit holders.

    The TN legislature either did or attempted to make CCW permit holder names private.

    At the end of 2008, The Commercial Appeal posted a controversial database listing Tennessee residents with permits to carry handguns.[7] The database is a public record in Tennessee but had not been posted online. After a permit-to-carry holder shot and killed a man in Memphis for parking too close to his SUV and vandalizing it, the gun database suddenly came to the attention of pro-gun groups, including the NRA and the Tennessee Firearms Association. Legislators who supported gun groups quickly drafted a bill to close the permit-to-carry database. The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government lobbied to keep the database public and the bill to close the database did not pass in the 2009 legislative session.

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