ABC News reports that Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R), the lead sponsor of a Tennessee law allowing handgun permit holders to bring guns into bars, was arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence yesterday. Pulled over in Nashville, Todd reportedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer.
The arresting officer stated that, on approaching the car, he “immediately detect(ed) an obvious and strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle” and noted that Todd was “unsteady on his feet, almost falling down at times.”
He concluded that “the subject was obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun.” Here is the mugshot taken of Todd on the night of the arrest:
A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console. A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus had no immediate comment on the arrest.
Besides his 'guns in bars' law, Todd once compared pregnant illegal immigrants to “reproducing rats.”