By Max Hrenda
A resolution for a private act asking Tennessee lawmakers to nullify any new federal gun ownership regulations was approved by the Carter County Commission Monday morning.
The resolution, which passed by a final vote of 16-2 with two commissioners abstaining, had failed to receive a two-thirds majority of votes at the commission’s last meeting on Feb. 19.
County Mayor Leon Humphrey, who asked the county attorney to draft the resolution, said after the meeting that he was pleased.
“They took the appropriate action,” Humphrey said. “All of us work for the people, and when an issue is brought to us by a great number of people, it’s our responsibility to act upon that.”
While the resolution asks that Tennessee consider nullifying any new federal law limiting gun ownership, Humphrey said its primary purpose was to let state legislators know how Carter County’s citizens felt.
“This was a token resolution sending a message that we don’t want any infringements on Second Amendment rights,” Humphrey said. “It’s on the forefront of federal legislation now. I think it’s important that we, at Carter County, send a message as to what works for us.”
According to the resolution, “the president of the United States, the vice president of the United States, and certain members of the United States Congress are reportedly considering taking certain actions, including the proposal and adoption of certain laws or regulations, which would infringe upon the rights of citizens of the United States of America and the state of Tennessee to keep and bear arms as guaranteed … by virtue of the Second Amendment.”