Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a measure into law that will decriminalize the manufacture and possession of firearm suppressors in the Volunteer State. The “Tennessee Hearing Protection Act” passed in the House 74-18, and the Senate approved it by a 28-1 vote.
The measure, introduced by Republican state Sen. Steve Southerland, repeals current Tennessee statutes prohibiting the possession, manufacture, transport, repair or sale of firearm silencers, commonly referred to as “suppressors” by firearm owners.
The new law will take effect July 1. Current federal regulations pertaining to suppressors remain in place.
Bloomberg’s Everytown, Demanding Moms in Turmoil
“Two beliefs unite nearly all gun-control supporters: Background checks save lives, and Shannon Watts is a self-promoting tyrant.” That statement comes from a source close to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that is reportedly in turmoil over Watts.
According to an article in The Daily Caller, gun control activists describe Watts as a “nightmare” who is running staffers off at both Everytown and Moms Demand Action, a subsidiary group. Both are funded by anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg.
Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, doesn’t work for Everytown but serves as an advisory board member. Yet her presence is being linked to the recently announced departures of the managing director and deputy organizing director. This comes on the heels of more Everytown exits in 2016.
In the midst of this upheaval, Everytown is doing what they do best—spinning the facts. “This fake news is the result of how we are effectively providing a counter to the extremist leadership of the NRA,” a spokeswoman laughably suggested. For their part, the NRA provided this response:
111 pro-gun pieces of legislation pending; 34 failed gun control bills; 28 pro-gun state bills signed into law; 7 pro-gun bills on governor’s desks; 1 gun control bill signed into law.
Illinois Gun Shop Owner Condemns State Licensing Scheme
Bo Strom, CEO of On Target Range & Tactical Center in Crystal Lake, Ill., told the Northwest Herald that the legislation is nothing more than a feel-good hassle that will also increase costs for law-abiding gun owners in the state.
“It’s the same old story—when criminals are the only people able to get guns, as opposed to the general populace, you’re less safe,” Strom said. “Guns and gun ranges are an opportunity for people to participate safely in a sport that is enjoyed by a lot of people.”
The legislation is currently set for a hearing next Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee.
Use Your Power
Illinois gun owners are encouraged to file a witness slip in opposition to Senate Bill 1657. You can do so byclicking here.
NRA’s Cox Campaigns With Donald Trump Jr. In Montana
On Thursday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox and Donald Trump Jr. attended a campaign rally in support of Republican Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. The East Helena, Mont., event gave Gianforte an opportunity to discuss his platform in advance of the May 25 special election, intended to fill the vacancy left when Republican Ryan Zinke resigned to become Secretary of the Interior.
While the Bozeman software entrepreneur and outdoorsman discussed his other campaign goals, such as congressional term limits, the primary focus was gun rights. Cox and Trump joined Gianforte in voicing their support of hunting and firearms as longstanding Montana traditions, while Cox pointed out that Gianforte’s opponent, Democrat Rob Quist, has a history of supporting gun registration and allying with gun control advocates.
Calling Gianforte a “real hunter” who “doesn’t buy meat at the grocery store because he’s got a freezer-full,” Cox summed up his support for Gianforte: “This is a guy who unapologetically stands up for individual freedom, including the one that protects all the others—the Second Amendment.”
Armed Robber Who Used Website To Lure Victims Is Shot By Homeowner
“My future without her flashed before my eyes, and I thought, I cannot bear that thought. I had to do something.”
That was Ted Webster, speaking to Houston’s ABC-13 about the moment he shot a robber to save his wife. According to police, Webster’s daughter used the website “Offer Up” to purchase a phone. The seller, Joshua Daniels, was to meet them in a public place Friday, but after he was delayed the family agreed to meet at their home.
When Daniels arrived, he pointed a gun at Webster’s wife and demanded money. Webster went inside to get cash—but instead, he retrieved his revolver. When he returned, Daniels raised his gun and Webster reacted. “I saw that hand starting to come up and I had no choice,” he said. Daniels was shot in the stomach, but made a getaway with another suspect. He was apprehended miles away and transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. The accomplice was arrested.