ADAs told not to prosecute adults under 21 for having a gun without a permit

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 17, 2023 10:23 PM CT | Published: May 15, 2023 6:28 PM CT

“In Tennessee, those ages 18-20 can carry a handgun without a permit, and without fear of prosecution from the state attorney general’s office or citation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” reads an email to ADAs from Ernest Brooks II, associate deputy district attorney and senior policy adviser in the DA’s office. 


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Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers Memphis and Shelby County’s law enforcement agencies and is a member of The Daily Memphian’s public safety reporting team. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.

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