Rutherford County, TN – Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club announced its launch in Middle Tennessee. MTBGC was founded in December 2020 by a consortium of local Black-owned businesses across multiple counties.
With the new permitless gun carry law in Tennessee taking effect July 1, MTBGC’s first priority is making sure that members of the Black community are prepared to navigate laws and policies that might affect them.
The new law means residents aged 21 and older can carry handguns, openly or concealed, without a permit. This also extends to military personnel who are 18 but under 21.
Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club’s president, Tanea McClean owns Surreal Self Defense. McClean shares, “Our present urgent necessity is to educate the Black Community. We need easier access to education and training in firearm safety & survival. Black Rifle Clubs pose a long-standing tradition in our culture - Society has pegged the relationship of firearms and black culture with negative stereotypes such as images of ‘Black thugs' terrorizing neighborhoods.”
MTBGC’s Sergeant at Arms Denzel Caldwell, shares in the recent interview, “Even with gun control, it has very anti-Black implications. Because when we’re talking about gun control, we’re also talking about enforcement of those laws.” “And we’re also talking about the reality that those are disproportionately happening in Black communities.”
Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club members receive access to monthly group gun range days, which offers a variety of programming including gun safety training, gun law, and legislation education, target shooting, active shooter training, competition shooting, personal self-defense, martial arts, and more.
The Club’s Community Outreach program will offer free gun safety and gun law education for youth and adults across Middle Tennessee and is actively seeking community partners and venues to help support these events.
McClean continues, “MTBGC is here to tell a drastically different story. We will use the traditions of church folks, business owners, trendsetters, and leaders in the community to demonstrate responsible gun ownership and our commitment to the principle of self-defense as a fundamental right.”
Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club offers qualified applicants the opportunity to join at 4 different membership levels, making access affordable. Interested community members can learn more about Middle Tennessee Gun Club’s mission and vision, upcoming classes and events, ways to get involved, and how to become a member at www.MidTNBGC.com.
About Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club: Middle Tennessee Black Gun Club's mission is the preservation of life through our Second Amendment Rights - The right to bear arms. We will provide a safe place for Black Middle Tennesseans to learn, train, and gather. We strive for our members to grow in their respective sporting disciplines in a welcoming, nurturing, and supportive environment for us all. Membership shall not be denied to any person because of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability of the person.
About National African American Gun Association: The goal of the National African American Gun Association is to establish a 2nd Amendment Organization that educates and trains our community on the rich legacy of gun ownership of African Americans, offering education, training, support, safety standards, and cultural inspiration.