Tennessee: Outsiders Can't Dictate Our Gun Laws

This week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international treaty or law, according to this post from gunowners.org.

House Bill 2389 was introduced by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) in January, prohibiting the enforcement of any provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights, as specified in Article 1, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution.

"This bill prohibits any interference of (the right to keep and bear arms) by international treaty," Windle said in the story.

Even though a state House subcommittee voted to kill the bill last month, but heavy grassroots pressure forced the subcommittee to reconvene on the measure, passing it with a 3-2 vote, the story says. The full House passed it by 88-2 and the Senate passed it unanimously 26-0.

The bill relies on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine (based on four Supreme Court decisions. It says, simply, that the federal government can’t force states to help implement or enforce any federal act or program.

“Once it goes into effect as law this summer, the way things could play out in practice is that if the federal government were to participate in an international treaty or agreement that restricts any firearms allowed under Tennessee law or the state Constitution, and then a local cop pulled someone over for a traffic violation and saw that firearm in the car, the cop could simply give the guy a ticket for the traffic violation and send him on his way.”

“Recently-proposed measures, such as the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), are, as noted by Gun Owners of America, part of a plan “to bring back the framework for a global gun control regime.” Just this month, Oxfam International renewed its push for passage of the ATT. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has long-participated in the development and support of the ATT as well.”