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Tennessee gun bills

House bill 1407 would ban funds from being used to enforce federal gun controls, making TN a second amendment sanctuary city. Well, why not? If everyone can selectively enforce the laws the want, why not the good guys?

And another bill has been introduced to ban bump stocks.

13 Responses to “Tennessee gun bills”

  1. Fred Says:

    This, like many other state level nullification efforts of fed gun laws, has no enforcement mechanism. Where is the local sheriff authorized to arrest and prosecute a fed? Until feds are swinging from ropes NOTHING will change.

  2. Lyle Says:

    Enforcing the law, the secdond amendment, is not the same thing as other “sanctuary” measures. Be careful you don’t conflate them.

    Of course, as Fred indicates, true enforcement would mean prosecuting the federal employees, politicians and judges who violate the Supreme Law of The Land.

    All your state appears to be doing is cutting back on their practice of supporting the feds in their lawlessness. That’s a far cry from enforcement.

    Bump stocks of course have nothing to do with anything, other than being a convenient excuse to harass honest citizens (criminals of course will have anything they want). In a true America, no such bill could be brought to the floor of the legislature. The mere drafting of such a bill would rightly be prosecuted as a criminal offense, a violation of one’s Oath to the constitution, and a Conspiracy to Deprive Rights under 18 USC 242.

  3. Blue Falcon in Boston Says:

    Meanwhile in MA…

    http://blog.goal.org/ma-demands-bump-stock-surrender/
    EOPSS Letter Calls For Forced Surrender.

    if you currently possess a bump stock or trigger crank within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you should contact your local police department or the Massachusetts State Police and arrange an appointment to transfer custody of the prohibited item to the police for destruction.

    A totally illegal taking without compensation and not even in following the new state law which banned new bump stocks but allowed grandfathered possession with a state machine-gun license.

    The state will start by ceasing bump stocks and you know damn well standard capacity magazines and ‘assault weapons’ are next.

  4. rickn8orr Says:

    Blue Falcon, they’re always pushing the edge of the envelope, seeing how many people they can sucker in that don’t know the law. Note that Neu Jersey will be pulling the same crap.

  5. DocMerlin Says:

    Compare that to an actual sanctuary. The AG in cali are threatening to prosecute people who comply with the feds on immigration.

  6. wizardpc Says:

    I’m pretty sure they passed something like this in 2010 already.

  7. JTC Says:

    Just dumbass political posturing. Yeah we’ve got that silly shit on our side too. But as DocM alludes, “sanctuaries” aka lawbreaking is a really slippery slope you don’t want to add lube to.

    Bad law (and I can’t think of many gun laws that aren’t)? Change it or kill it. Might even be better to let ’em make a few new ones…under Trump’s EO they’ll have to dump two to get one. Negative-sum lawmaking, I like that.

  8. rickn8orr Says:

    “Change it or kill it. ”

    Considering the Tennessee Legislature’s recent track record on that, I shudder to think what the result would be.

  9. Crawler Says:

    Before I opened the “another bill” link, I had a hunch that the bump stock ban bill was introduced by some infringing Democrats from the Memphis area. Sure enough, it was.

    Hell, the LVPD and the FBI hasn’t yet made public the facts concerning the Las Vegas event. Plus, I just watched a Fox News video of Tucker Carlson interviewing a U.S. congressman who claims he heard from a credible source that ISIS illegally crossed our southern border and was involved in the killing spree.

    I have nothing but the utmost contempt for politicians who try to advance their agenda/ideology with the blood of fallen Americans.

  10. JTC Says:

    rickn8orr, it’s fed law we’re changing or killing, so TN’s legislative dysfunction is irrelevant, as is evident from this BS feel-good “sanctuary” fakery.

    Get to the root and solve problems there (like Trump’s 2 for 1 EO I mentioned) and leave the foolery to fools.

    If any state is ripe for redness in state/local elections and policies, it’s TN…in spite of the leftists incursion in Memphis and other shit sanctuaries and the statehouse itself, my home state has the chance to take back conservative Southern control of one of the most Southern of states.

  11. Ron W Says:

    Didn’t SCOTUS rule some years ago re: the Brady Bill, that the Feds could not force State and local governments to enforce Federal gun laws? If I understand it correctly, this bill would codify that into State law. A few years ago, Arizona passed a State immigration law to require their State police to enforce Federal immigration laws, the Justice Dept actually sought to prevent them from doing so.

    The 10th Amendment requires the Federal Government to have delegated power for whatever it LEGALLY does. Otherwise such powers are reserved to the States or to the People I find NO enumerated delegated power in the Constitution for any Federal gun laws pertaining to the People EXCEPT those who are called into its service and EMPLOYED. (Article I, Section 8.15-16)

  12. JTC Says:

    So the Trump admin plans to strip the A and the T away from this alphabet soup group, either leaving them to focus on your guns, or leaving us to focus on their viability and mission.

    All indications are that the answer is B. This may be the beginning of the end of federal infringement on what is arguably the most critical Constitutional right.

    That’s what I call going to the root of a problem. Selective or sanctuary from enforcement? Pfft. Enforcement of what and by whom?

  13. Richard Says:

    Nullification comes in two basic varieties. Gun and marijuana nullification is the soft kind which basically prohibits state authorities from co-operating with Federal law. Hard nullification is using the police powers of the state to obstruct Federal law. California threats of prosecution of businesses co-operating with ICE has crossed this line. Arrests are needed.