The Tennessee House passed the “Second Amendment Sanctuary Act,” asserting the state can ignore unconstitutional federal gun rules and regulations. The act would also punish any official who violates this legislation by removing them from their position.
The act reasserts that Tennessee doesn’t have to enforce any federal law, treaty, order, rule, or regulation that the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) or the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional. The Second Amendment Sanctuary Act passed 74 to 13, with just one Democrat voting for it – State Representative Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis). Last week, it passed in the Senate along party lines, 24 to 4 with two abstaining their votes.
State Representative Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City) sponsored the Second Amendment Sanctuary Act. The second adopted amendment on the bill merely deleted duplicative language, according to Campbell. In the amending process, Campbell dropped language explaining that state and local governments couldn’t use public funds, personnel, or property to enforce the unconstitutional federal laws, treaties, executive orders, rules, or regulations.
A third amendment proposed by State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) was withdrawn due to issues with drafting language. That amendment would have added language to the Second Amendment Sanctuary Act to make any government or court orders, rules, policies, or regulations ordering the buy-back, confiscation, or surrender of firearms or their parts to be a violation of the Second Amendment.
Parkinson lamented that Terry’s amendment was withdrawn. He said that he disliked gun buy-backs because they only hurt law-abiding citizens. He called it an “exploitation” of poor communities.
Additionally, Parkinson said he’d be voting for the Second Amendment Sanctuary Act. He told the entire House floor that Democrats aren’t against gun rights.
“Contrary to the messaging that’s out there, Democrats are not for taking your guns away from you,” said Parkinson.
The original version of the bill didn’t require any court opinions on federal gun control measures in order for the state to reject them. Instead, it merely said that any federal action that violates the Second Amendment would be considered “null, void, and unenforceable.”
The bill now heads back to the Senate for final consideration on adopting the House’s amended version of the bill.
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