Tennessee gun owners won some of their Second Amendment rights back with the recent settlement in Vreeland v. City of Knoxville.
At issue was the City of Knoxville’s rule prohibiting law-abiding Tennessee gun owners from carrying concealed firearms for self-defense in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the settlement strikes a reasonable balance between the right to carry firearms in public parks within Knoxville, as guaranteed by Tennessee law, and the city’s use of Chilhowee Park as a secure facility for private or ticketed events.
“This is an important settlement that reaffirms law-abiding Tennesseans have a right to defend themselves throughout the state,” said Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for NRA-ILA. “Crime can happen wherever, whenever, and Tennessee law protects the right of residents to defend themselves the best way they see fit. With the conclusion of this legal matter, Tennesseans’ rights remain protected.”
An elderly couple were enjoying a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon in their quiet Baxter Springs neighborhood. The last thing they expected to see was an intruder entering their home and approaching, knife in hand.
However, as Baxter Springs Police Chief Mike Kliewer told the Leavenworth Times, that’s exactly what happened. The suspect, 43-year-old Chebonnie E. Saggert, broke into the couple’s home brandishing a knife and then began threatening and assaulting them. After a brief struggle, one of the residents grabbed a firearm and shot the suspect, and Saggert was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe this incident will fall under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, in which the use of deadly force is justified for self-defense. Officers also report there is no connection between the homeowners and Saggert, but police have had previous run-ins with the suspect and say it is possible he knew the residence was occupied by an elderly couple.
College Trustee Wants To Limit Students’ Protection To “Alarms” And “A Manual”
As Florida debated legislation to lift the ban on licensed, lawful citizens being armed on public college campuses, Daytona State College trustee Bob Davis insisted that college students and others visiting campus don’t deserve the same rights they enjoy virtually everywhere else in Florida, Breitbart reports.
“I don’t see the need for guns on our campus or any other campus,” Davis said. “We are well protected. We have alarms. We have the students trained. We have a manual.” But what they don’t have is armed campus security. As the Daytona Beach News-Journalreports, three of Florida’s most recent shootings—at Florida State University in 2014, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last year and at the Fort Lauderdale airport this year—all occurred in places where citizens, but not the criminals, were similarly disarmed.
Davis’ insistence that students are “well protected” by “alarms” and “manuals” is the same kind of arrogant ignorance that left Amanda Collins disarmed and defenseless against an armed rapist within sight of the police station on her college campus.
South Carolina Anti-Gun Protest Of Nine Makes The News
The Horry County Democratic Party’s Gun Sense Committee protested a gun show going on in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Sunday. “It’s easy to get any kind of gun you want,” declared Rosemary Wolfe, a member of the South Carolina club. “You can get a discount on assault rifles today.”
Apparently neither Wolfe nor any of the other eight protesters were aware that gun show transactions are not exempt from any of the laws applying to gun sales. Meaning that in order to purchase a firearm from a federal firearms licensee—wherever the location—the buyer must undergo a federal background check.
Perhaps instead of protesting from across the street and citing the tired old gun control “loophole” rhetoric, the small handful of Gun Sense members should have taken the initiative to walk across the street and check it out for themselves. That’s where the real “gun sense” was being demonstrated.
President Trump Will Announce His Supreme Court Pick Tonight
If approved, his nominee would restore the court—which has consisted of four pro-gun and four anti-gun justices since the February 2016 passing of Justice Antonin Scalia—to its previous 5-4 pro-gun majority.
While Trump has promised to nominate “a person who is unbelievably highly regarded” and said last week that evangelical Christians “will love my pick,” Senate Democrats are likely to do everything in their power to block the nomination. As Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told Rachel Maddow earlier this month, “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.”