A pair of bills meant to challenge local ordinances that have been passed in violation of Tennessee’s firearms pre-emption law are now making their way through both statehouses.
SB 445 and HB 508 would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, policy or other enactment that violates Tennessee’s pre-emption laws. Currently, the patchwork of such ordinances risks ensnaring law-abiding citizens as they travel from place to place. Until now, they’ve had limited recourse to fight against being prosecuted under such laws, despite the fact that the laws themselves are technically illegal. However, should these two measures pass, they would be able to sue the cities who put the pre-empted measures into place.
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Last week, HB 508 passed in the House, and now its companion bill is headed to the Senate floor. It’s important that Tennessee residents urge their senators to support SB 445 when it comes up for a vote. To contact your senator,click here.
Why Are Researchers Surprised That Gun Owners Vote Strongly Republican
In the end, Mark Joslyn, professor and graduate director of political science at the University of Kansas, and Haider-Markel, professor and chair of political science at KU, concluded: ”… the strength and reliability of association between owning a gun and voting Republican is impressive. Across 11 presidential contests, gun ownership was more strongly linked to vote choice than such well-known predictors as gender, age and education. Clearly, voters are assessing candidates based on their position on gun rights; understanding this may offer insight into the distinct behaviors and attitudes of gun and non-gun owners.”
What the good professors failed to mention was the fact that the Democratic party has slowly turned its back on gun owners over the past several years, even taking a staunch anti-gun stance in the party platform. By nominating Hillary Clinton—the most outspokenly anti-gun candidate ever—the party further turned away from law-abiding gun owners, leaving the door open for them to elect a candidate they could trust with their liberties.
Chuck Schumer Still Doesn’t Understand Elections Have Consequences
Fresh off his loss at trying to stop the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is once again showing he doesn’t understand one important fact in politics—elections have consequences.
Now Schumer is criticizing President Donald Trump for plans to appoint constitutionally minded judges to lower federal courts.
“With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the president is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard-right special interest groups rather than consulting with senators on a bipartisan basis,” Schumer said in a statement. “The president should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream, who will interpret the law rather than make it.”
Here’s the deal, Sen. Schumer: Americans elected Trump to do just what he is doing, including starting to balance the courts against the activist liberal judges appointed by Barack Obama. You lost. ‘Nuff sad.
Kansas Professor Wrings Hands Over Campus Carry
On July 1, campus-carry legislation takes effect in Kansas. That’s not only a big win for gun-rights activists, but for all law-abiding gun owners Sunflower State. Now it turns out the victory is also having some unintended, although not completely unwelcome, side effects.
A radical left-wing professor from the University of Kansas, seemingly unable to bear living in a state that chooses to exercise its constitutional freedoms, has announced his resignation. To Jacob Dorman, it’s an either-or situation, and Kansas has a decision to make: “Does it want excellent universities, with world-class faculty, or does it want to create an exodus of faculty like myself who have options to teach in states that ban weapons in classrooms?" he asked in an editorial published in the Lawrence Journal-World.
Dorman also appears certain that campus carry will lead to the demise of the state: “Let us not let the NRA destroy the future of the state of Kansas with a specious argument about the Second Amendment.” Apparently, he’s blissfully unaware that not only is campus carry already the law in several states, but that legislation hasn’t led to the downfall of any of those states or their state universities. But why ruin a good diatribe with facts?
Store Employee Who Was Warned Of Criminal Activity Shoots Robber
Last Friday, Memphis police were making the rounds to warn businesses about a serial liquor store robber. The suspect—who had last been seen wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun—had already terrorized eight stores and was considered armed and dangerous. That warning came just in time for an employee of I-40 Liquor.
WMC Action News 5 is reporting that a suspect walked into that establishment just past 11 p.m. Saturday night. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash. It was then the employee grabbed his own gun and fired, fatally striking the attempted robber.
“It was crazy,” said Anna Butler, who works next door to the liquor store. “It happened minutes after we left last night. I know [the employee] never would have done this had he not felt in danger.” Memphis police are still investigating whether the suspect who was killed might have been the serial robber.