Belle Meade Gun Ban
I got this via email of the NRA warning that:
On Wednesday, March 17, the Belle Meade Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed ordinance (Ordinance 2010-2) that would forbid any person with a handgun carry permit to carry within the city limits.
This would be problematic because it’s a violation of Tennessee’s preemption laws. And probably unconstitutional. The other issue is that I didn’t know anything about it. So, I sent an email to some folks to see if they had heard of it and ACK posted about it. Turns out (via ACK), not so much:
The current Belle Meade municipal code includes a section on firearms and weapons that says “it is unlawful for any person to carry in any manner whatever, with the intent to go armed and razor, dirk, knife, blackjack, brass knuckles, pistol, revolver or any other dangerous weapon or instrument…”
It also includes the phrase “except the army or navy pistol which shall be carried openly in the hand.”
The new ordinance deletes the exception that would include the Navy black powder pistol Leonard Embody carried when he walked down Belle Meade Boulevard in mid-February.
The author, Sherry Phillips, continues:
Embody, who is active on many gun rights blogs, first gained attention in December when he brandished a loaded AK-47 pistol at Radnor Lake State Park.
I think he was active. Most blogs and message boards I know of have banned him or made fun of him for being an asshole. Also:
As you probably know, he came into the city [with a Navy model 1851 black powder pistol] basically forcing our hand on the law,” Thornburg said. “The police were expecting him to come, we were expecting him to push buttons.”
She said Embody found a loophole in the law that allowed him to carry the military-style weapon, and the city is amending the law to take off the out of date exemption.
For once, the press uses the phrase military-style correctly to describe a 150 year old black powder revolver.