Interesting legislation coming out of Tennessee. After being killed in January, public pressure forced the Tennessee House to revisit and ultimately pass the legislation preventing the use of state law enforcement to enforce Federal law, in violation of the state constitution. This week, the Senate also passed the bill which now is on it’s way to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk.
NASHVILLE , Tenn. (Apr. 7, 2016) – Today, the state Senate gave final approval to a bill setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international law or treaty. The vote was 26-0.
House Bill 2389 (HB2389) was introduced by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) in January. It would prohibit law enforcement officers from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights as specified in Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution.
The bill (HB2389) is based on the anti-commandeering doctrine, an established legal principle dating back to the mid 19th century which protects state sovereignty by preventing the Federal Government from forcing states to enforce Federal law.
“Tennessee Capitol by Ron Cogswell” Image credit: Ron Cogswell