Arrested TN lawmaker quits firearms task force

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 4:56 PM
Arrested TN lawmaker quits firearms task force

A state lawmaker who sponsored a law allowing people to carry a gun into Tennessee bars has resigned as chairman of a Republican firearms task force following his arrest on drunken driving and gun charges.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick said Thursday that he accepted the resignation of Rep. Curry Todd because Todd "has other things to concentrate on."

McCormick said he will also decide this weekend whether to do away with the firearms panel in the House altogether.

Todd is a retired Memphis police office. He was arrested in Nashville on Tuesday night after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found in a holster stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

Todd in a statement Wednesday said he was sorry for what happened.