HB2619 has been calendared for review on Wednesday, March 14 by the General Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. This is a good step forward in that the bill is back on the calendar for the subcommittee. But all indications are that there are amendments coming, so we need to be especially watchful of any modifications they may try to make the bill.
This past week, one of TN-TAC’s Facebook members posted a response he received from Speaker Harwell that seems to indicate amendments are forthcoming.
Thank you for your email regarding House Bill 2619. At present, the bill is in the Judiciary Subcommittee. I have spoken to the sponsor of the legislation, and he is working diligently on the bill to find language that will give the state standing when the federal government overreaches its authority when dealing with Tennessee citizens.
I know this issue is important to many Tennesseans, and I am a strong supporter of the 10th Amendment. The federal government often oversteps its bounds and we must be vigilant to ensure our rights as a state and our principles as Tennesseans are protected.
I will continue discussions with the sponsor of the legislation, and I am supportive of his efforts. Again, thank you for your thoughts on this issue, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of service to you in the future.
Speaker Beth Harwell
So far, no amendments to the bill have been posted on the Tennessee General Assembly’s web site. This is still not a good sign. In an e-mail sent to Tennessee Firearms Association members regarding the Employee Safe Commute Bill currently pending in the House, the TFA stated:Details