Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tennessee’s ‘Guns in Bars’ Lawmaker Arrested for Drunk Driving with Gun

Gawd. The Republican state lawmaker was caught drunk driving in Nashville (near Vanderbilt) with a loaded gun right there on the front seat. Some states put irresponsible yahoos like this in jail. Here in Tennessee, we put 'em in the state Capitol:

Curry Todd, a state lawmaker in Tennessee who sponsored a 2009 law allowing people to carry handguns in bars and restaurants provided they don't drink, was arrested last night and "charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence."

Police said that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) was pulled over at around 11:15 p.m. in Nashville, according to WSMV-TV. Officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special hidden between the driver’s seat and center console. An affidavit charged that the lawmaker was “almost falling down at times” and “obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.”

In 2010, Todd came under fire after he complained that Tennessee’s program to cover uninsured pregnant women would allow undocumented workers to “go out there like rats and multiply.”

Mugshot via AP/Metropolitan Nashville Police

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