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Dozens of Tennessee gun permit holders also have violent histories, arrest records

Staff Report • Mar 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel Kiandre Sims was well armed the night he kicked in a back door and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend.Carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, Sims forced the woman into a car and took her to his house where, court records show, he told her he "didn't want to hear no."At the time of the 2005 incident, Sims had a permit to carry a handgun. The state of Tennessee renewed his permit in 2004 despite two prior arrests and a judge's 2001 order requiring him to stay away from another woman.Sims is among dozens of Shelby Countians with violent histories who have received permits to carry handguns in Tennessee, according to an investigation by The Commercial Appeal.The newspaper identified as many as 70 county residents who were issued permits despite arrest histories, some with charges that include robbery, assault, domestic violence and other serious offenses.

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