Companion Bill Introduced in the Senate to Fight Gun Control in Tennessee

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Sen. Joey Hensley has filed his companion bill (SB 0100) to Rep. Joe Carr’s HB 0042 which will provide some protection to Tennesseans against a potential gun ban or registration scheme out of Washington, DC.  Currently neither bill has been assigned to a committee for review.

The new Tennessee bill is a verbatim copy of an earlier version of the Wyoming bill currently pending before their state legislature.  Wyoming’s HB 0104 originally provided for only misdemeanor penalties for state and federal officials attempting to enforce any kind of federal gun registration or ban, but has since been upgraded to provide felony penalties for these offenses.

(Click here to download a copy of the Wyoming bill and view the redlined changes.)

Tennessee’s HB 0042/SB 0100 provides for misdemeanor penalties like the earlier version of the Wyoming bill.  Because Rep. Carr specifically told the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center that he feels it is important that the states pass exactly the same bill with exactly the same verbiage, he is looking at filing an amendment to match to the latest version of the Wyoming legislation.
There is one loophole in both the Wyoming bill, and thus the Tennessee bill.  The clause is one that indicates that Wyoming/Tennessee will declare federal actions unenforceable if they attempt to:

Tennessee: “Ban or restrict ownership of a semi automatic firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition;”

Wyoming: “Ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm;”

Because of this loophole neither the Tennessee or Wyoming legislation would legally protect citizens of their respective states from an outright ban or ownership restrictions of other firearms besides semi-automatic weapons.

When the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center discussed this with Rep. Carr, he felt strongly that the two bills need to be kept identical – and that other states should pass identical legislation as well – but he was open to introducing other bills to close loopholes and address other firearm ban and registration issues.

Rep. Carr and Sen. Hensley did close one of the loopholes in Wyoming’s HB 0104 when filing the bill in Tennessee.  Wyoming’s legislation did not include ammunition as an item protected from any potential gun ban or registration scheme, however Tennessee’s HB 0042/SB 0100 does protect ammunition.

Unlike our model legislation, HB 0042 does not provide any protection from a draconian taxing or fee scheme that might be implemented by the federal government to make firearms too expensive to own, but there is the potential for other bills to be filed to provide protection from this avenue of attack on Tennesseans’ right to keep and bear arms.

This bill is a good start to stopping any kind of gun grab or registration coming from Washington, DC.  According to Rep. Carr, it is likely to be a difficult sell to the Tennessee General Assembly.  In order to gain real protection from the state government, Tennesseans are going to have to work hard and earn it through activism and lobbying legislators to make it happen.

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Illegal gov’t destruction of used ammo alarms gun owners

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Well it appears the federal government is buying over a billion rounds of 40 caliber ammo for Homeland Security and 7,000 of those terrible “assault weapons” for them to use, but they are attempting to dry up the ammo supply and gun supply of it’s citizens……Not a good sign.

More evidence surfaced today indicating that the Obama administration is breaking the law and defying official government policy by ordering the destruction of expended brass at military installations. The brass is often used by civilian gun owners to make their own ammunition.

Gun rights enthusiasts often make their own ammunition in a process known as “reloading,” the practice of taking the brass from once-fired used bullets to make homemade ammo.

National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports on his blog that not only is the government destroying such used brass at Fort Drum, as reported Friday, but allegedly at Camp LeJeune as well.

When the administration attempted to destroy the expended brass in 2009, two U.S. senators, Jon Tester and Max Baucus, wrote a letter of complaint to the Defense Logistics Agency in 2010, after which they were told by the Department of Defense that the practice had been stopped.

The problem, however, is that what the Defense Department had been doing up until that point was against the law. The law clearly states that once-fired small arms cartridge cases are to be “made available intact on the open market.” In other words, expended, used ammunition cartridges are not to be destroyed but sold to citizens.

However, apparently the Defense Department was merely telling the senators what they wanted to hear. The illegal practice of destroying the used cartridges has continued.

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If ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Bad…Why Does DHS Want to Buy 7,000 of Them for ‘Personal Defense’?

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.

Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.

The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

Republican New York state Sen. Greg Ball also issued a press release this week bringing attention to the weapons purchase request.

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No Assault Rifle Found At Sandy Hook Massacre

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Piers Morgan keeps giving out false info on the Sandy Hook shooting. He says the killer used an AR-15 in the school shooting, but that is false as we see from the NBC video that day. But what would you expect from Piers Morgan who faked photos of British soldiers in his paper there The Daily Mirror, where he was the editor and lost his job because of it. Then you expect us here in America to trust anything he says?  The media has changed their story on Sandy Hook from handguns used to an AR-15 was used, but you can see in the video it was found in the trunk, not in the school.

Obama to unveil immigration plan

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President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform at an event Tuesday in Las Vegas, the White House said Friday.

 

In a statement, the White House said the president’s proposal would call for legislation to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Obama held a strategy session Friday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, telling the lawmakers that reform efforts would be “a top priority” in his second term.

“The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship,” the White House statement said. “The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay.”

The White House described Obama’s trip to Nevada on Tuesday as an opportunity to “redouble” efforts to fix the immigration system within the next year.

At the White House briefing Friday, press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would largely “speak about the blueprint that has been available to the public for more than a year” at the event.

But, Carney said, the president “hopes that [the] dynamic has changed” with congressional Republicans, saying the White House saw a new “willingness” from across the aisle to address immigration questions and hoped “what was once a bipartisan effort will continue to be a bipartisan effort.”

Among those in attendance at Friday’s White House meeting with Obama were Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), Rep. Ben Luján (D-N.M.) and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.).

“After today’s meeting, it’s clear that President Obama is determined to fix our long broken immigration system,” Becerra said in a statement following the meeting. “The President expressed a great sense of urgency and that comprehensive immigration reform, including an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, is his top legislative priority.”

The CHC developed a nine-point immigration plan earlier this year that is likely to serve as the template for the president’s immigration reform efforts.

Judge rules EPA can’t mandate use of nonexistent biofuels

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A federal court delivered a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel agenda, ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which isn’t commercially available.

The court sided with the country’s chief oil and gas lobby, the American Petroleum Institute, in striking down the 2012 EPA mandate that would have forced refineries to purchase more than $8 million in credits for 8.65 million of gallons of the cellulosic biofuel. However, none of the biofuel is commercially available.

“[W]e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of the agency’s statutory authority,” reads the court decision.

API said refiners were forced to purchase biofuel credits for nonexistent gallons of cellulosic biofuel to meet the EPA’s mandate, reports the Hill.

“We are glad the court has put a stop to EPA’s pattern of setting impossible mandates for a biofuel that does not even exist,” API Group Downstream Director Bob Greco said in a statement. “This absurd mandate acts as a stealth tax on gasoline with no environmental benefit that could have ultimately burdened consumers.”

The court added that the cellulosic biofuels program punished refiners for the failure of producers to make enough biofuel to meet the EPA’s mandate.

“Here, by contrast, EPA applies the pressure to one industry (the refiners), yet it is another (the producers of cellulosic biofuel) that enjoys the requisite expertise, plant, capital and ultimate opportunity for profit,” reads the decision. “Apart from their role as captive consumers, the refiners are in no position to ensure, or even contribute to, growth in the cellulosic biofuel industry.”

“‘Do a good job, cellulosic fuel producers. If you fail, we’ll fine your customers,’” the decision says.

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

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NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

“The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show,” Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. “There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”

In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate.

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‘Universal Background Checks’ – Absolutely Not

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Marion P. Hammer

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Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- Imagine a grandfather who wants to give a family shotgun to his 12-year-old grandson having to do a background check on his grandson before giving him the shotgun.

Or a friend having to do a background check on his lifetime best buddy before lending him a hunting rifle.

Or, if your mother had a prowler at her home, having to do a background check on your own Mom before you could give her one of your guns for protection.

That’s what “universal background checks” do. They turn traditional innocent conduct into a criminal offense. They target you, law-abiding gun owners.

Universal background checks are background checks on EVERY transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, and loan of a firearm between any and all individuals.

All background checks must be conducted through a federally licensed dealer. (costing hard earned cash) Universal background checks have nothing to do with gun shows – they are about you.

  • It is ALREADY a federal felony to be engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms and ammunition without having federal firearm dealers license.
  • It is ALREADY a crime for a federally licensed dealer to sell a gun without doing a background check – that’s all dealers, everywhere, including at retail stores, gun shows, flea markets or anywhere else.
  • Further, it is ALREADY a federal felony for any private person to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person you know or should have known is not legally allowed to own, purchase or possess a firearm.

The penalty for selling a gun to a person who is a criminal, mentally ill, mentally incompetent, alcohol abuser or drug abuser is 10-year federal felony. That’s now, today, with no changes to the law.

It is even a federal felony to submit false information on a background check form for the purpose of purchasing a firearm.

Even so, according to a 2012 report to the Department of Justice, more than 72,000 people were turned down on a gun purchase in 2010 because they didn’t pass the background check. Yet, only 44 of those cases were prosecuted.

Why, when criminals are caught in act of lying on the form to illegally purchase a firearm are they not prosecuted?

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, in the White House meeting of President Obama’s Gun Agenda Task Force, Vice President Joe Biden answered that question, telling NRA’s Director of Federal Affairs, James Baker, that the Obama administration didn’t have time to prosecute people for lying on the federal background check form.

In an article in The Daily Caller (1/18/2013) Biden said, “And to your point,
Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”

If the Obama Administration currently doesn’t have the time or manpower to prosecute those who lie on background check forms, then why do they want more background checks, more paperwork and more forms? It’s backdoor gun registration.

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