Gun Confiscations in Tennessee
It appears that Phil Bredesen has a a beef with Senate Bill 1597 which would prohibit the Governor from confiscating weapons from law-abiding citizens or restricting the ability to purchase guns and ammunition during times of natural disaster or declared emergency. The Governor currently has this authority.
Republican Leader Mark Norris is receipt of a letter from Mary Freeman, the Governor’s Director of Legislation, requesting he “consider halting further action” on Senate Bill 1597. The missive states that the administration “disagrees with the intent of this legislation and therefore cannot support it.”
That, my friends, is infinitely disturbing. Why do you think we have the right to bear arms? For times of peace and tranquility?
It is disturbing. I find it pretty deplorable that the administration would entertain the notion of confiscating arms or restricting their sale during a time when said arms are most likely to be needed. I also find it quite odd as Bredesen has been pro-gun and even signed into law SB1658 which states:
The sheriff or chief of police of the city of residence of a person purchasing any firearm, defined by the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. 5845 et seq., shall execute within fifteen (15) business days of any request all documents required to be submitted by the purchaser if the purchaser is not prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to § 39-17-1316.
The bill in question is here.
The governor can be reached at:
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-0001