Knoxville school shooting prompts delay of gun ‘sanctuary’ measure

Knoxville school shooting prompts delay of gun ‘sanctuary’ measure

Knoxville police work the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School Monday, April 12, 2021, in Knoxville. The Tennessee House decided to delay making the state a “State Amendment Sanctuary.” Three hours after a school shooting in Knoxville, the Tennessee House of Representatives decided Monday, April 12, to delay a bill making the state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” State Rep. Sam McKenzie, an alumnus of Austin-East Magnet High School and whose district includes the school, asked leadership to delay the bill by a week. The request was granted. Knoxville police went to the school Monday afternoon, responding to a report that a student was armed. One male died and one police officer received a gunshot wound that was not expected to be life-threatening, according to police. “Someone’s son or daughter isn’t going to come home today,” McKenzie said Monday on the House floor, appealing for empathy regardless of lawmakers’ views on the Second Amendment. “My heart is breaking,” said state Rep. Michelle Carringer (R-Knoxville). who said the Knox County Schools superintendent is her neighbor. “We are praying for them.” The “Tennessee Second Amendment Sanctuary Act,” sponsored by state Rep. Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City) and state Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), is largely symbolic, indicating support for gun rights. It states that when the U.S. Supreme Court or the Tennessee Supreme Court deem a gun law unconstitutional, the law “is null, void and unenforceable in this state.” Laws struck down by the high courts of Tennessee or the United […]

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