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NASHVILLE - A state legislator who sponsored a law allowing people to bring handguns into bars was arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a handgun while drunk.

State Rep. Curry Todd, a Republican from Collierville, was arrested late Tuesday night, The Tennessean newspaper reported.

A Nashville Metro police spokesman told the newspaper that Todd was swerving, going 60 in a 40 mph zone, failed sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer.

The arresting officer said he found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 between the driver's seat and the center console.

The gun and car were seized and Todd was arrested and released on $3,000 bond.

Todd, 63, was a Memphis police officer and president of the Memphis Police Association. He is chairman of the Tennessee House State and Local Government Committee.

Citing the arrest report, the Tennessean reported that when the officer asked Todd to get out of his car, "The subject was extremely unsteady on his feet and attempted to lean himself up onto the vehicle. ... The subject was obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun."

Adam Dread, an attorney and former Nashville councilman who led the successful legal challenge of a previous guns-in-bars law in 2009, told The Tennessean: "Paging Dr. Karma ..."

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