Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill, 2017

Or, will the sky fall if this bill passes?

This Constitutional Carry bill should pass with little debate in the Tennessee Legislature, and be quickly signed by the governor as he said he would. But, pundits such as Frank Cagle of the Knoxville News-Sentinel will hide behind the First Amendment while taking potshots at this Second Amendment restoration bill. Cagle, in his February 15th diatribe,* is correct in the second sentence of his piece, where he speaks about Second Amendment advocacy groups,
You can't declare victory and go home.
Certainly, we on the right have made the mistake of staying/going home all too often, with the result that the left has taken us too far down the road of socialism/statism. Yes, Virginia, er Mr. Cagle, you got your 1968 Gun Control Act. You got your Brady Background Check. You've got the Veterans' Administration and Social Security Administration reporting individuals to the instant check system (as prohibited persons), without due process.

None of the above accomplished the alleged objective of reducing crime.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wanna pack heat in Farragut Town Hall?

Farragut Town Hall
Currently, under Tennessee law, a person may carry a firearm in a vehicle without a handgun carry permit. Upon exiting the car, a permit is required.

Generally, with a permit, entry into non-posted locations is legal in the state. Many government buildings, however, are posted. Among those is Farragut Town Hall and the library at Founders Park at Campbell Station. So if you have a permit, the law disarms you, and prevents you from providing for your own defense effectively!

When HB0363 bill was introduced in the Tennessee House by Rep. Jason Zachary at the beginning of February, I thought, "It's a good bill."

But unless a companion bill is introduced in the Tennessee Senate, it is DOA.

Tennessee, like the U.S. Congress and most states, has a bicameral legislative body. This means a bill has to pass both house and senate before it can go to the governor for signature.

This week, February 8, Senate Bill 0653 was filed for introduction in the Senate, so now it is a real bill.

The bill, if passed, would require governmental entities to either remove their posting signs; or ante up the money and provide (some semblance) of security for those taxpayer owned facilities.

One amendment I would like to see added: where there are security checkpoints, citizens should be able to check their guns at the door.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Goodman Gun and Knife Shows and TFA appeal Nashville's fairground gun show ban

News release from TFA. Posted on February 2, 2017 by JohnHarris-

Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Shows and the Tenn. Firearms Association file appeal in lawsuit challenging Nashville ban of gun shows at the Fairgrounds

The citizens of Tennessee need organizations that are willing to fight for our rights.  Organizations that are willing to fight hard and not capitulate.

The Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Shows working with the Tennessee Firearms Association is such a team of organizations.  This week, it has filed an appeal of the trial court’s rulings last summer that determined that the Plaintiffs lacked “standing” to even question whether Nashville was violating its own charter restrictions and/or state law when the Fair Board decided at the end of 2015 to ban gun shows at the Fairgrounds unless the promoters imposed restrictions on the private sale of firearms that were not required by federal or state law.  You can read the appellate brief here.

If you are a TFA member and would like to help support this effort as well as others such as the TFA’s pending litigation against the City of Knoxville relative to Chilhowee Park, please consider a supplemental member donation.

If you are not a TFA member or need to renew, please considering joining or renewing today as we continue to really fight for our rights to keep and bear arms.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thirty-eight special

Last week, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

.38 Special Revolver
Ironically, the bill number is H. R. 38. Now is that just a coincidence, or was that bill number planned? At any rate, the number should be easy to remember when you contact your representative.

What would this bill do?

In a nutshell, if you live in a state that issues (concealed) handgun carry permits/licenses, and have a valid one, it would be valid in all states and Washington, D.C. If you live in a state that doesn't issue or require permits*, your driver's license would validate your legal ability to carry in all states plus the District.

Another provision of the bill would open up areas under the jurisdiction of

  • the National Park System
  • the National Wildlife Refuge System
  • the Bureau of Land Management
  • the Army Corps of Engineers
  • the Bureau of Reclamation

I am sorry to see it doesn't include Post Offices and property administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)**.

Included in the bill are provisions for recovery of damages-

  • When a person successfully asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the court shall award the prevailing defendant a reasonable attorney’s fee. 
  • A person who is deprived of any right, privilege, or immunity secured by this section . . . may bring an action in any appropriate court . . . The court shall award a plaintiff prevailing in an action . . . damages . . . including a reasonable attorney’s fee. 

OK, some will argue that this should be the left to the states, and support their argument with the Tenth Amendment. I would counter with asserting that the Second Amendment is equally valid, and it is time for states such as New Jersey to cease jailing citizens from other states for the othewise exercising the otherwise benign natural right to carry a defensive weapon. Why should states continue to negate that right guaranteed by Second Amendment?

What's next?
Get your Representative's and Senator's local and Washington numbers on speed dial. Be prepared to pepper them with calls and emails.

*"does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes."

**. . . although President Trump could take care of this January 20.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Palmetto State and Destructive Devices Industries join

Palmetto State Armory              Destructive Devices Industries

P R E S S  R E L E A S E 

JJE Capital Acquires DDI under same umbrella as PSA

 Columbia, S.C. (January 2,2017)- In an acquisition that strengthens the USA made AK market JJE Capital (PSA’s parent company) announced the purchasing of a majority equity interest in the boutique firearms manufacturer and importer Destructive Devices Industries. Palmetto State Armory CEO Jamin McCallum was quoted saying “This move will allow a concentrated effort by both PSA and DDI to continue the growth of the all American made AK-47 and its variants.” David Fillers of DDI will continue with the company as a financial partner as well as in an advisory role, he was quoted saying; “It was time to take DDI to the next level, and the best way I saw to do that was to partner with a proven industry leader.” Both PSA and DDI will remain separate entities, but will partner on R&D and compatibility in all related fields in order to pass on the benefit to the customer. This level of detail will be acquired through a joint venture between the two companies known as the “AK Excellence Center” which will be located in Columbia, SC and will focus on new developments for the iconic firearm. DDI also announced that its focus moving forward will be the US production of quality rifles. DDI will continue to stand behind all imported items that were previously sold, but from this point forward will no longer be a firearms importer. Adam Ruonala, Chief Marketing Officer of Palmetto State Armory said; “This move is a chance for two innovators of the American AK platform to come together, and with that kind of creativity at the helm, there is no telling how far this ship can go!” 

Contact: Adam Ruonala 
Palmetto State Armory

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Beware of wolves . . .

A recent article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel discusses gun control advocates' plan to-
continue their push for stiffer penalties against adult gun owners who leave loaded firearms within reach of young children.
The reporter rightly uses (give him creds) the phrase "gun control advocates" in the first line of the story. He goes on to quote Beth Joslin Roth, of the "Safe Tennessee Project", who is, in this case, advocating so-called safe storage laws.

Is this necessary?

Because, further in the story, it is revealed that-

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Second, First Amendments need equal footing

The Knoxville News-Sentinel recently published an editorial that was very negative toward the Tennessee Firearms Association's plans for the 2017 legislative session.

Below is the text of my (somewhat tongue in cheek) response, which can be seen at the KNS site HERE.

Second, First Amendments need equal footing

A bill pre-filed for the 2017 Tennessee legislative session would remove onerous restrictions on the freedom of the press. Currently, reporters are required to get a license from the secretary of state. They must provide a transcript from a regionally accredited university, then take a proficiency test from a state contractor. Following a background check, they are issued a card-carrying reporter's license. Once licensed, reporters are allowed to report from courthouses, libraries and hospitals but must leave their pens, pencils, paper, laptops, etc., in their vehicles. The bill, the First Amendment Restoration Act of 2017, would remove the training and licensing requirements. Critics fear that removal of the state licensing law would encourage more deaths, as have been attributed to unlicensed publications such as Mao Zedong's "On Guerrilla Warfare." But wait, it’s not the First Amendment, but the Second that needs restoration. The one you editorialized against on Dec. 11. You mentioned the “effort to pass a constitutional carry law in Tennessee, which would eliminate the necessity...that the permit holder must undergo training...” Are you aware that Georgia permits, which Tennessee honors, require no training? Do you quake in fear each time you see a Georgia license plate? You go on to state, “One can only imagine how many fender-benders ...will deliver a cascade of grief and regret to the families and friends of innocent victims.” No need to imagine. Just check with Vermont, Arizona and Alaska. An honest reporter’s investigation would reveal no related problems in those states. Yet Chicago, with very strong keep and bear restrictions, has tremendously high crime rates. The unified chorus of reason Tennesseans should raise is for the restoration of the Second Amendment to equal footing with the First. Liston Matthews, Knoxville


To me, it is always funny how much of the press shelters in place behind the First Amendment, while taking shots at the Second.