9 thoughts on “TN Passes Firearms Act; WI and Feds on National Guard; Tiananmen 20th”

  1. Phil

    Thanks for continuing this site.
    I have just read the BATF letter to TN Licensee’s. I have read some discourse on the letter but no where did I see anyone commenting that aside from the constitutionality issue of the BATF that the letter was addressed to those in the micro “state of the forum”. The letter was addressed to those who volunteered or should I write begged to get into the sand box with BATF. They wanted to be licenced for profit and gain.

    I hope that anyone that sells MADE IN TN guns as a business does not have a BATF NEXUS. Get your TN business licence and sell TN made guns. Licenced BATF Gun Dealers Need NOT apply – PLEASE.

  2. Update on Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act

    Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the guns-in-parks bill Friday, after a deal to exempt local parks broke down.

    In a brief letter to House Speaker Kent Williams, Bredesen encouraged local governments to take advantage of a provision that lets them keep guns out of specific parks.

    Separately, the governor told Williams that he intends to let the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act to become law without his signature. That act says that the federal government has no right to regulate guns that are made in Tennessee and never cross state lines.

    “This bill is not about firearms,” Bredesen wrote. “It represents a fringe constitutional theory that I believe will be quickly dispensed with by the federal courts.”

    http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2009/governor-signs-guns-in-parks-bill/

    The Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act was transmitted to the governor on June 8th. http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1796 It will become law at 12:01 am on June 20th if the governor does not veto it.

  3. In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938. and from 1939 to 1945 11 million Jews and others were exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935; from 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964, and from 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians were exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970 — from 1971 to 1979, 300,000 people were exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956, and from 1975 to 1977 one million educated people were exterminated.

    A Cambridge University study showed that in heavily gun-controlled Great Britain, “the use of firearms in crime was very much less before 1920 when Britain had no controls of any sort.”

    Because of a communication mishap(!), strict gun control laws were passed in MA largely uncontested in 1998. The lawmakers proudly proclaimed that MA now has the toughest gun control laws in the country. The result of these strict laws? Since 1998, Gun Related Deaths have increased 68%, gun related assaulted have increased 72%. ER visits due to gun related injuries have increased 222%.

    Before November of 2008 I had never researched gun control issues or had any interest in gun ownership. I really do not care if I fire a gun or not but it is not the government’s role to take away my right to own one.

  4. The Tennessee House overrode the governor’s veto on June 3 and the Senate overrode the veto today, June 4th. The Restaurant Carry Bill becomes law on July 14th. Senator Jackson really raked the governor over the coals for bringing in police chiefs and sheriffs for a news conference when he vetoed the bill and chastised the news media for presenting the bill as “allowing guns in bars”. The bill allows handgun permit holders to carry into restaurants that serve alcohol but the HCP holder is prohibited from consuming while carrying. Restaurants can prohibit carry by posting appropriate signs.

    There are other gun bills on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed and it is unknown what his intentions are.

    1. Bob,

      The Tennessee House overrode the governor’s veto on June 3 and the Senate overrode the veto today, June 4th. The Restaurant Carry Bill becomes law on July 14th. Senator Jackson really raked the governor over the coals for bringing in police chiefs and sheriffs for a news conference when he vetoed the bill and chastised the news media for presenting the bill as “allowing guns in bars”. The bill allows handgun permit holders to carry into restaurants that serve alcohol but the HCP holder is prohibited from consuming while carrying. Restaurants can prohibit carry by posting appropriate signs.

      There are other gun bills on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed and it is unknown what his intentions are.

      Thanks for the update.

      -Phil

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