MadisonCoCourthouseThe Madison County Commission passed its 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution when it met for its regular meeting on Tuesday morning, February 19.  Introduced by Commissioner Adrian Eddleman, the resolution is based on a model provided by the Tenth Amendment Center.  The vote was 18 in favor, 6 votes against, with one commissioner absent.

A significant crowd of supporters showed up to support the passage of the resolution, mostly members of the Tennessee Firearms Association and Tennesseans for Liberty according to Eddleman.

After the passage of the resolution, Commissioner Eddleman stated, “The legislation was public beforehand and Commissioners had obviously already formed strong opinions. I received correspondence from several constituents and it was 100% in favor of the resolution. While none of the public spoke, commissioners obviously knew the reason for the crowds attendance as some constituents spoke favorably about the measure to their commissioners before the meeting.”

Commissioner Doug Stephensen“It is a fundamental right and we don’t need a knee-jerk reaction from the government because of what has happened lately,” commissioner Doug Stephenson said. “It’s worked well for 200 plus years.”

The resolution says in part:

Whereas, the Madison County Board of Commissioners declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers; and are hereby declared to be invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by this county, are specifically rejected by this county, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this county.

Immediately after the passage of the Madison County resolution, other counties in Tennessee requested information from the Tenth Amendment Center about how they might pass their own ordinances and resolutions.

For more information about how your county can pass a 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance or Resolution, contact us at


If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state or local community to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE.

Lesley Swann

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