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Haslam signs guns in parks

Friday, April 24th, 2015


Bill Haslam, post election: Hey, let’s not pander to those gun guys any more

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Don’t rush gun bills before NRA meeting in Nashville Also, he’s opposing 11 of the 27 pro gun bills. Of note, to me, are: Opposition to lifetime permits and exempting permit holders from background checks. The state needs tax money, yo. Opposition to removing prohibition of guns in schools and parks. Because those permit holders […]

TN Parking lot bill: Haslam says excluding campuses is key to the deal

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Our governor says that exclusion may get the bill to pass and he will fight to keep schools out of the final bill. And, you know, no violent crimes from which you may need to defend yourself are ever committed on campuses. Right? Via David, with the irony.

More Haslam and Guns

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Hey, don’t you guys in the press confuse my shameless pandering to gun rights advocates with, you know, actually making gun rights a priority.

More Haslam And Guns

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Haslam has clarified his position on guns in parking lots. Unnamed Democrat says what you’d expect unnamed Democrats to say. Campfield says this may mean that Haslam supports allowing permit holders to carry on campuses. Haslam has come a long way since his days in Mayors Against Guns. Good for him.

Haslam and Guns

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Caught wind of this yesterday. At the TFA meeting, Haslam was asked about the requirement of getting a permit in Tennessee to carry a handgun. He answered: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam told a Nashville meeting of the Tennessee Firearms Association that if lawmakers abolished the handgun-carry permit system and allowed people to go armed […]

And speaking of Haslam and guns

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I got the flyer in the mail this weekend that was going around. The flyer touts Haslam as strong on guns and has quotes from a veteran and NRA member so you know he’s serious and genuine. And that he didn’t just join the NRA recently. Oh, wait. I note that several people I know […]

Haslam on Guns

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Looks like he’s sending out a mailer touting his pro-gun street cred. You can see the mailer here. A few notes: Touts his recently purchased NRA life membership, which was a result of some bad press he got for joining Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Guns. Says out of state interests attacking TN gun shows were […]

Haslam goes hunting

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam bought the wrong license thus violating state law: As it turns out, he did not buy the most appropriate license of all under state law – the basic Tennessee hunting and fishing license that costs $27 – though he did purchase other permits that he did not need, according to […]

Haslam and guns in parks

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

WizardPC is none too happy. And he has video of Haslam’s remarks. I found it interesting he consulted TFA on how to strengthen his second amendment bona fides and then disregarded that advice.

Speaking of Haslam

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Campaign for Liberty on why not Haslam: Mayor Haslam discussed the story as I explained and he said his intention in the entire situation was simply to “stop the wrong people from having guns”. I asked him “what kind of people are you referring to that you say shouldn’t have guns?” And he responded with […]

More Haslam and Guns

Friday, April 10th, 2009

ACK has a copy of Haslam’s letter resigning from the group. Also, my sources tell me this will be a topic of discussion on one of the local TeeVee stations this weekend.

Haslam and guns

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

ACK has an article in The Nashville City Paper about TN Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Haslam leaving Mayors Against Guns: Haslam has had plenty of opportunities, had the group truly offended his sensibilities on guns, to withdraw from the group before now. He neglected to do so. Therefore, it is not a stretch to imagine that […]

Haslam and guns again

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Michael Silence has more on Mayor Haslam leaving Mayors Against Guns. And, yes, I’ll start using Pilot Stations to fill up. They’re the only place in town that sells E85.

Haslam and guns updated

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Seen at ACK’s: Bill has resigned from the group. He did so because he believes MAIG has expanded its mission in ways that go far beyond fighting criminal gun use, including a number of ideas that he does not share. Good for the mayor.

Haslam out of Mayors Against Guns?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I’ve followed the issue of gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville mayor Haslam and and his unfortunate membership in an anti-gun group for a bit. A reader notes: Hey, I went to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns web site and Knoxville and Haslam are not there. Did he quit? He did distance himself from them in the […]

Even More Haslam On Guns

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam belongs to the anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (background here). He has recently begun to distance himself from the group and good for him. As he has stated a few times, he signed the petition that had some core principles that he thought everyone could agree on. Well, here are […]


Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Randy Neal at KnoxViews has a good catch today. His advice? Get a room. Thus begins the Haslam love-a-thon. Can action figures be far off? I want the cowboy one with the six gun. Even the most jaded reader will get a little verklempt as Metro Pulse commenter Joe Sullivan writes, “Yet for me the […]

Glenn and Helen interview Bill Haslam

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Glenn and Helen sat down to interview Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. You can see the interview here. They ask him about his membership in Mayors Against Guns. He says it was probably a mistake to have joined. And that when it started, Bloomberg wasn’t in charge. He does not favor any more gun controls. He […]

Even More Haslam and Guns

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Michael Silence does some reporting: I put a call into Haslam to get some response, and he graciously called me back. He said in retrospect he probably should not have signed a petition by the anti-gun group. But he noted at that time the first four or five goals of the group were planks “anyone […]

More Haslam and Guns

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam is running for governor. He belongs to a an anti-gun group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which keeps having members exit. One of his gubernatorial opponents says: As for the Second Amendment, he parts ways with Mayor Haslam, comparing the idea of suing gun manufacturers for crime (which Haslam has gone […]

Haslam distances himself from Bloomberg

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, a member of Mayors Against Illegal guns (see links here), addresses his membership at about the 9:30 mark, here. He just signed it and thinks they have six points everyone should agree with. I can’t find those points. Obviously, he’s gearing up for his gubernatorial run. Some bits: [Bloomberg] has his […]

Paging Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

One of your fellow mayors against guns quit the group: Jared Fuhriman, the mayor of Idaho Falls, has walked away from the coalition of mayors. He told a local newspaper that he was originally told that Bloomberg’s coalition was only going after “illegal guns.” But after doing his own research he said, “I could see […]

More Haslam and Guns – Update

Monday, November 20th, 2006

The video mentioned here is now online here. A few notes: Gene Patterson acknowledges WATE hasn’t covered Haslam’s involvement in this group. The general consensus shared by the panel (and Glenn and me) is that Haslam didn’t know all the details about the group he joined. Apparently, Knoxville has been having gun buybacks. A reader […]

Haslam and guns on the TeeVee

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Terry Frank brought it up on the boob tube: Gene asked Frank Cagle, Mike Cohen, and me if Mayor Haslam’s alliance with Bloomberg might have an effect if Haslam ran for Governor. We all agreed it would. Cagle said something to the effect that he could envision a 30 second spot and he reminded viewers […]

More Haslam and Guns

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Regarding my boycott of Pilot Oil due to Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam’s membership in an anti-gun group, I received this comment: As an employee of the Haslam administration I encourage sayuncle to contact me via email as I may be able to offer a communication venue if he is having trouble connecting with the mayor. […]

Haslam and guns v. The Shooting Wire

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Bitter notes that The Shooting Wire is taking on the anti-gun mayors: Without belaboring a point, their organization is, indeed, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Neither, however, does it represent the end of the firearms industry or the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It represents another obvious sign that the profession […]


Friday, October 27th, 2006

It wasn’t me but whoever edited Bill Haslam’s wikipedia entry, I salute you. Update: Gone now. That was fast. But here’s the old one.

What Mayor Bill Haslam Will Be Up To

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Mayors against guns will have a meeting: A coalition of mayors meets Thursday in Chicago to exchange strategies for fighting illegal guns and for winning tougher state and federal gun laws. But, remember, Mr. Haslam just wants to deal with illegal guns. Apparently, the wants to do that by making more guns illegal: Mayors say […]

Haslam and Bloomberg

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

In comments here, a reader posted his email exchange with the mayor Haslam’s office about his membership in Mayors Against Guns. It’s reprinted here (read from bottom up): To: Mayor Cc: Subject: Still really disappointed Date: Oct 11, 2006 2:57 PM Nice try Cathy Chesney but you didn’t come close to touching on the […]

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