Friday, June 5, 2009

Tennessee - The Latest State To Assert Their Rights

Bravo to Tennessee for asserting their rights as it pertains to gun laws.

First, Montana fired the first shot challenging Federal Second Amendment legislation and passed their own gun law thereby taking back rights unconstitutionally usurped by Federal legislation. Then, Texas and Utah followed suit. Now Tennessee has entered into the fray to assert State's Rights with their Firearms Freedom Act, which was overwhelmingly passed in each chamber of their legislature. The Tennessee House overrode the governor’s veto on June 3 and the Senate overrode the veto June 4th. The bill goes on to become law in Tennessee. (report at Tenth Amendment Center)
The Tennessee State Senate approved Senate Bill 1610 (SB1610), the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, by a vote of 22-7. The House companion bill, HB1796 previously passed the House by a vote of 87-1.

On its way to the Governor’s desk, the bill states that “federal laws and regulations do not apply to personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that is manufactured in Tennessee and remains in Tennessee. The limitation on federal law and regulation stated in this bill applies to a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured using basic materials and that can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported into this state.”

The bill also states that “firearms accessories imported into Tennessee that are subject to federal regulation do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce simply because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in Tennessee.”

States are stepping up to tell the Federal government to back off when it comes to interfering in issues that they have no power via the Constitution to interfere in. (read more here)

It is too bad that our CT Legislature is too busy arguing about plastic bags in grocery stores and a host of other nonsense instead of reasserting our Rights as a State, and protecting its citizens from federal usurpation of our rights.

The Tenth Amendment

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."