State Representative Larry Miller (D-Memphis) proposed an amendment empowering one of his endorsers, a gun control group, with gun regulation power. Miller withdrew the amendment during the final House vote on the bill, which authorized permitless carry.
The amendment was short and to the point: the governor must appoint a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Moms Demand Action) representative to all boards and commissions regulating firearm ownership.
“Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any board or commission that regulates the ownership of firearms in this state shall have an additional member appointed to the board or commission by the governor,” read the amendment. “This additional member must be a representative of the organization Moms Demand Action.”
The gun control group – a nonprofit organization – endorsed Miller during his 2020 reelection.
The parent organization for Moms Demand Action is Everytown for Gun Safety (Everytown), founded and funded by gun control advocate and billionaire Michael Bloomberg. As The Tennessee Star previously reported, he opened up headquarters in Memphis last February for his presidential campaign.
During the third and final hearing of the bill on the House floor, Miller lauded the gun control group’s contributions to “gun common sense.” According to Moms Demand Action, that includes no online gun or ammo sales, red flag laws, and assault weapons bans.
“Moms Demand Action is a national, prominent organization that advocates for gun common sense in this country, in this state. We appreciate what they do each and every day,” stated Miller.
Despite his glowing review of the group’s work, Miller didn’t give an explanation on the House floor as to why he withdrew his amendment.
The Star inquired with his spokespersons about this amendment and its withdrawal, but received no reponse by press time.
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