Bill making Tennessee a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State’ passes House

Bill making Tennessee a 'Second Amendment Sanctuary State' passes House

A view of a hand gun inside a gun store (WCYB Photo). NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee House lawmakers moved forward a bill that aims to make Tennessee a "Second Amendment Sanctuary State," but a local professor previously said the legislation is misleading because states lack the constitutional authority to nullify federal law. Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Rep. Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City) are sponsors of SB1335/HB0928. It would give the state the power to nullify any federal law or court ruling that goes against the second amendment. House lawmakers moved the measure forward on Monday, with an amendment to remove some language from the original bill. The bill now states, "As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Second Amendment Sanctuary Act," which declares a treaty, executive order, rule, or regulation of the U.S. government that violates the federal second amendment as null, void, and unenforceable in this state." Even though the bill was moved forward, it still has hurdles to overcome before heading to Gov. Bill Lee. However, Dr. Susan Haynes, an assistant professor of history, politics and philosophy at Lipscomb University, previously told FOX 17 News the legislation is misleading and could’ve been proposed to make a political point in support of the Second Amendment. "This legislation is a bit misleading because states lack the constitutional authority to nullify federal law. It is against the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause, in effect, states that as long as the federal government has the constitutional authority to pass legislation, then any […]

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