Updated 10 a.m.
State Rep. Curry Todd (R-Collierville), chief sponsor of the controversial "guns in bars" bill, was arrested in Nashville Tuesday night. Todd was picked up by Metro Police and charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence. He was released on $3,000 bond.
Todd's GMC Envoy was stopped near the corner of 21st and Blair at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.
In performing a field sobriety test, police said Todd "demonstrated numerous indicators of impairment and the officer noted that the subject was unsteady on his feet, almost falling down at times. His speech was slurred, his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot." Todd refused a field sobriety test.
According to an affidavit, police also found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 Special between the driver’s seat and the car’s center console.
A search of a handgun carry permit database provided by the Commercial Appeal in Memphis shows Todd does have a permit. Tennessee law prohibits possession of a handgun while under the influence. It is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500. Todd's permit may be suspended for up to three years.
(Read Todd's response here.)
In addition to gaining notoriety for the "guns in bars" bill, Todd generated controversy last year during a state House committee meeting when he compared pregnant illegal immigrants to "reproducing rats."
Todd is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where he studied law enforcement. Before joining the legislature, he was a lobbyist for the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police.