Tennessee House Sees the Light!

  • Subject: Tennessee House Sees the Light!
  • From: AlertsList at FirearmsCoalition.org (Firearms Coalition)
  • Date: Thu Apr 19 15:26:28 2007

The Tennessee State House saw the critical lesson of the Virginia Tech tragedy and took immediate action. Let's hope the State Senate follows suite and the Governor will quickly sign this into law.

Here is the summary from the Nashville News Sentinel:


TN Moves to Allow Guns in Public Buildings

By News Sentinel staff
April 18, 2007
NASHVILLE — In a surprise move, a House panel voted today to repeal a state law that forbids the carrying of handguns on property and buildings owned by state, county and city governments — including parks and playgrounds.
"I think the recent Virginia disaster — or catastrophe or nightmare or whatever you want to call it — has woken up a lot of people to the need for having guns available to law-abiding citizens," said Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. "I hope that is what this vote reflects."

A vote like this and comments like those of Rep. Nicely, give hope that not all politicians are blind to reality.  Are there similar restrictions in your state that need repealing?

Even if your legislature is out of session or beyond the "bill introduction" phase of their session, let your state representatives know that you want these useless restrictions – which do nothing but create safe-zones in which criminals can act with impunity – to be repealed immediately, before the copycats get started in earnest.

Remind them that a gun is like a seatbelt.  We don't wear seatbelts in hopes of getting into a car wreck or in paranoid fear of an accident.  Nor are hopes or paranoia why we carry guns.  Both are worn 'just in case' and if all goes well, neither will never be used.

Laws that force us to unbuckle our seatbelts need to be repealed.


I just got back from the NRA Convention in St. Louis.  It was a good trip and very productive.  Thanks to all of you who made it a point to come up and say hello.

I spoke with many people about the chances of the Parker case going to the Supreme Court and I am excited about it's prospects.  Close court watchers confirmed my belief that Parker is not only likely to be heard by the SCOTUS, but that it is likely to generate a decision favorable to the Second Amendment.  I have long held that we have more to gain than to lose with this case and it is reassuring to have my beliefs reinforced by knowledgeable people whom I respect.  I am fairly confident that NRA is not going to interfere with the case – though I would still like to see them change the language of their DC gun bill so it would not destroy the Parker case.


Chris Cox assured me that NRA's position on gun shows is back to a clear, principled stance and that candidate surveys in future will reflect that. (They had expressed a position of accepting "instant checks" on transactions between non-dealers as long as the process wasn't to cumbersome.) He also promised to look into the NFA language in the surveys and remove any that is not accurate.  I'm hoping to have a written statement from him soon.


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