Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Gun Rights

The Tennessee legislature passed a bill Monday with overwhelming support in both houses prohibiting the implementation of federal gun control laws which do not comply with the state constitution.

SB 1110 passed Monday in the state Senate 30-0. Its counterpart in the House, HB 1341, passed 74-20.

According to the bill’s summary, the legislation would prohibit the “use of any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories” if signed into law. It is sponsored by state Sen. Richard Briggs (R).

As The Tenth Amendment Center noted, the bill is designed to offer consistency with Article 1, Section 26 of the Volunteer State’s constitution, which reads:

That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

“I’m from the cut that there is no need for Washington, D.C. to be the end all and be all with regards to the regulatory world,” said Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, a Republican who sponsored the House bill, according to The Tenth Amendment Center. “We should respect our Tenth Amendment and shift the power back to the states and that’s what House Bill 1341 does.”

Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, opposes this measure, The Tennessean reported Saturday, along with 10 other gun-related bills. As for SB 1110, Haslam has ten days from passage to sign or veto the bill (not including Sunday), or it becomes law automatically.

h/t: Ben Swann

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11th State Considers Eligibility Bill for 2012


WASHINGTON – And then there were 11.

The push at the state level to ensure no future president enters office under the cloud of suspicion that he or she might not be constitutionally eligible is growing.

At the request of a local tea-party group, Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers has filed a bill that would require presidential candidates to show an original birth certificate establishing constitutional eligibility for the office before getting on the ballot beginning in 2012.

Beavers told a local television station she said she wouldn’t comment about whether or not she believes Obama meets the test because she has no personal knowledge about whether or not he can prove it. She said, however, this legislation would erase all concerns in future elections.

“We just want to make doubly sure in Tennessee if we put someone on the ballot, they are qualified to run,” said Beavers.

That makes 11 state legislatures now considering such bills – with several of them well on the way to passage.