Carter County, Tenn. recently joined the swelling ranks of local governments condemning any unconstitutional federal acts violating the Second Amendment.

County commissioners met on Monday, March 11, and took a stand against Federal Gun laws. By a 16 to 2 vote, the commission adopted a resolution calling on the state to step in and protect citizens from Second Amendment violations.

The resolution calls upon the governor and the Tennessee  legislature “to immediately pass acts to protect, preserve and defend the citizens of Carter County and the state of Tennessee guaranteed by the Second Amendment … and specifically to immediately pass any acts as may be appropriate to nullify the implementation within the state of Tennessee of any federal law, regulation or executive order enacted to restrict the rights of citizens of Tennessee to keep and bear arms.”

The commission considered the same resolution during their Feb. 19 meeting, but failed to secure a needed two thirds majority vote to pass the legislation. County Mayor Leon Humphrey presented the resolution again and it passed overwhelmingly on the second go-around. Humphrey said he was pleased with the vote.

“They took the appropriate action. All of us work for the people and when an issue is brought to us by a great number of people it is our responsibility to act on that.”

Hardin County, Tenn. commissioners passed a similar measure that same week. Details weren’t available at publication.

While resolutions like these aren’t binding, they do send a strong message that can impact policy at the state level. Tennessee state lawmakers and Gov. Haslam should take not of the popular support for state intervention to stop any unconstitutional federal gun acts.


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.

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