Lawmaker pushes for state Second Amendment Sanctuary Act

Lawmaker pushes for state Second Amendment Sanctuary Act

A Johnson County legislator has filed a bill that he says will make sure the constitutional right to bear arms is protected in Tennessee. State Rep. Scotty Campbell, R-Mountain City, is sponsoring House Bill 0928, which he has dubbed the “Tennessee Second Amendment Sanctuary Act.” “This is about not allowing any firearms to be placed on the president’s extinct or illegal list,” said Campbell, who is also a co-sponsor of legislation to allow Tennesseans to go armed without a gun permit. “If we sit back and allow the Biden Administration or anyone else for that matter to add more types of weapons and ammunition to the illegal list, pretty soon we will have no way to defend ourselves.” Meanwhile, the head of a leading gun owners group in Tennessee said he is hesitant to see the term “sanctuary” associated with protecting the Second Amendment. “We must stop using the term ‘sanctuary’ in any context to reference the citizens’ fundamental right to arms and the constitutional prohibition against government infringement of that right,” John Harris, the executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, wrote in a post on the group’s website. If approved by the state General Assembly, Campbell’s legislation would declare “a treaty, executive order, rule or regulation of the U.S. government that violates the federal Second Amendment” to be “null, void and unenforceable in this state and prohibits the state and political subdivisions from using public resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the enforcement or administration of […]

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