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Tennessee Firearms Association, Inc. - Legislative Action Committee |
Sen. Beavers' 2013 Firearms Freedom Act Amendments - SB0250 - would move to nullify federal laws and orders that violation the constitution.
Senate Bill 250 (SB0250), is a significant update to the 2009 Firearms Freedom Act that Senator Beavers championed. It also incorporates the substance of the 2nd Amendment Preservation Acts that are being run in many other states. This legislation, introduced by State Senator Mae Beavers, is intended to stop unconstitutional federal gun restrictions within Tennessee because Congress was never given the authority to pass such laws in the first instance. SB0250 would nullify federal attempts to “ban, regulate, or restrict…ownership, transfer, possession, or manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition” within the State of Tennessee.
Some legislators lack the spine to support this legislation and stand firm on the 10th Amendment as well as the full substance of the Bill of Rights. You will hear these legislators submissively pander to the federal government usurpation of power by chanting "the Supremacy Clause" as they repeat the federal lie that the mere existence of a federal law supercedes any state law. What those legislators fail to state or accept is that the Supremacy Clause only applies to federal action that is clearly within the scope of the very limited enumerated powers that have been given by the states to the federal government in the first place. The Supremacy Clause (at least until Justice Roberts comments on it) cannot cure an otherwise unconstitutional law and make it constitutionally enforceable.
The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing and potential vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, 02-19-13. (3pm CST) Your support and action is needed right now to help move this legislation forward.
TAKE ACTION NOW
CALL and EMAIL. Do both and do them repeatedly until you get to speak to these legislators and get written responses from them.
1. Please Contact the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Senator Kelsey: (615) 741-3036 or email: email@example.com
Politely thank him for scheduling the hearing and allowing the bill to be debated and voted upon. Encourage him to vote YES on SB0250 to move it to a full debate in the Tennessee Senate.
Make sure you tell Senator Kelsey that Tennesseans do not need or want an attorney general's opinion as to whether or not the attorney general thinks that this type of law may or may not be constitutional. Kelsey has indicated that he wants to get such an opinion but that is clearly just a maneuver to attempt to stop this important legislation.
2. Please Contact the rest of the members of the Judiciary Committee
Strongly, but respectfully, let each of them know that you want them to vote YES on SB0250. You want them to allow the full State Senate to be able to debate the merits of this bill. You want them to have the courage to stand up for the Constitution. Remind them that they swore an oath, and it’s their duty to stand help you preserve your right to keep and bear arms.
Sen. Doug Overbey
(615) 741-0981, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Stacey Campfield
(615) 741-1766, email@example.com
Sen. Mike Bell
(615) 741-1946, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Lowe Finney
(615) 741-1810, email@example.com
Sen. Ophelia Ford
(615) 741-1767, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Todd Gardenhire
(615) 741-6682, email@example.com
Sen. Mark Green
(615) 741-2374, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Stevens
615) 741-4576, email@example.com
3. Attend the public hearing.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013. (3pm Central, Tentatively)
Be prepared to attend the committee meeting to show your support for the bill if you are in the Nashville area, or even to take off work and travel to Nashville to be present. We need a strong showing at this committee meeting.
4. Contact YOUR state senator and representative and request that they also contact these committee members and demand that they send this bill to the floor so that all legislators can have a vote and a voice on this important legislation. Use the following links to look up the phone numbers and email addresses for your personal legislators
House Member - emails and telephone numbers
Senate Member - emails and telephone numbers
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