Proposed Bill Will Protect Tennessean’s Right To Keep And Bear Arms

For Immediate Release:Jan. 31, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers will consider a bill during the current legislative session that would strengthen the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 and protect Volunteer State residents from any unconstitutional federal regulation of firearms.

Signed into law by Gov. Phil Bredesen, the Firearms Freedom Act of 2009 exempted firearms manufactured and kept within the borders of Tennessee from federal regulation based on the reserved state powers to regulate intrastate commerce. SB 0250 and its companion bill HB 0248 take things a step further.

“The general assembly declares that any federal action prohibited by this chapter relating to firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition, whether made in Tennessee or not, is not authorized by the United States constitution and violates the restrictions contained therein and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state; that said federal action shall not be recognized by this state; and that said federal action is rejected by this state and shall be null and void and of no effect in this state.”

Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey says the bills rest on a solid constitutional footing.

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