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  1. You have two senators ( Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn) and one representative (I think it's Mark Green) who represent Tennessee at the Federal level. They are all Republicans, not that that had any bearing in my success. In my correspondence I mentioned that I already hold multiple NFA stamps, NIC's checks for firearms purchases had recently been run on me without issue, my employment requires finger printing every 5 years along with background check and credit report. I pointed out that I am in the system and I am repeatedly vetted with regularity. I then pointed out the dysfunction that leads to the government often being the brunt of jokes regarding inefficiency. Specifically that all three of my pending stamps would all go through the same process rather than doing one check that would be applied to approve all three at once. I don't know if my arguments had any traction but I was pleased with the quick resolution.
  2. On my last 3 stamps, which were all pending at the same time although they had different submission dates, I finally wrote to my two Florida senators and my one representative about the dysfunction of the process with ATF and FBI. I never heard back from Marco Rubio's office nor Bill Posey's office, two Republicans, but Bill Nelson, the Democratic senator who was defeated by Republican turncoat Rick Scott, was responsive. Bill Nelson's office reached out to me in reply to my letter within a couple of weeks. His office followed up with ATF and FBI. In less than a month all three of my pending stamps came back as approved. That was at a wait of between 6 to 8 months between the three stamps. Meanwhile I have coworkers who are in excess of 14 months.
  3. I was greeted by a sign at the entrance to the Bone Cave State Natural Area that stated “Firearms/Weapons Not Permitted.” I have a picture of the sign saved to the photos on my phone, but it seems impossible to share that photo from my phone while posting through the phone I realize this notice does not meet the sign statute parameters. Would I have been in legal trouble had I proceeded with my handgun?
  4. I recently picked up the same platform in 9mm. It has been a joy to shoot although I have run mostly ball ammo through the gun. I've enjoyed it so much that if I stumble across as good of a deal ($460 brand new) in .45, I'll jump on it. Please let us know what the issue turns out to be.
  5. I love my Springfield 1911 but their two XD guns I had were complete turds. That was even after being sent back to the factory (one of them was swnt back twice) for feeding issues. I was happy to sell those two guns with full disclosure that they gave me fits. I do have the Sig 365 and 365XL. Both have performed flawlessly. I'll stick with them and not bother even taking the Springfield striker fired hellcat for a test drive.
  6. No excuse for me not to get one since it comes suppressor ready.
  7. I'm another MA transplant, kind of. Born in Attleboro, As soon as I graduated high school I moved to Florida. As soon as I put in another year to three at my current job I plan to relocate in East TN
  8. Apparently the city of Knoxville is getting ready to vote on this. It seems the elected officials are all in favor. I encourage all of you, even if you do not live in Knoxville, to contact the Knoxville elected officials and express your displeasure with the move. https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Knoxville-city-council-considers-banning-gun-shows-from-city-owned-facilities-560769971.html
  9. If this deal came with a threaded adapter to allow a suppressor to be attached, I'd jump on it. I am not a fan of Taurus in general, but I have heard good things about this gun. My current .22 suppressor host is a M&P 22. I like it, but only a 10 round magazine.
  10. Erosion of 2A rights in Florida is one of the reasons I am planning a move to Tennessee. Not that long ago the knee jerk Florida State congress passed legislation which then Governor Scott signed making it illegal for anyone between the ages of 18-20 to purchase a firearm. Handgun, long gun, doesn't matter. If you're not 21 years old in Florida it is against the law to purchase a firearm from a FFL or a private party. They can own a gun. A firearm may be gifted to them, but they would be breaking the law if they purchase a firearm. This year there is a big push to get an assault weapons ban on the ballot to be considered by voters.
  11. As mentioned in the news report, that's high on the agenda of these candidates. It will be something they will be able to accomplish easily and quickly.
  12. I made the same post on the Knoxville section of the City Data relocation forum I'm on. Those who commented and apparently reside in Knoxville make clear that they are looking forward to sweeping changes with their remarks that "Walmart was just the start." Although corporate policy is dictated from far away from Tennessee, I hope the attitudes of most of the Tennessee population are not so welcoming of 2A restrictions as the people in Knoxville apparently are.
  13. Reading this story in this morning's news, I find it very disheartening that the city council and mayoral candidates for the city of Knoxville are so quick to infringe upon our rights which are supposed to be sacrosanct as defined in the Second Amendment of our constitution. I understand the candidates were all likely pandering to some degree to the views of the person asking the questions, but still...if I were living in Knoxville and could cast my vote there, none of these candidates would receive a vote from me. Although I realize Knoxville harbors a more liberal population than less metropolitan areas of Tennessee, it distresses me to see this erosion of values taking place. Seems like we are losing more than we are winning. Knoxville city council, mayoral candidates answer questions on gun violence https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/559997761.html
  14. I feel there are pros and cons to both states. For instance, in Tennessee open carry is legal. In Florida it can only be done in very particular circumstances such as while actively engaged in hunting, fishing, camping, or target practice, or while going to and from those activities. In Florida we have a concealed weapons license which covers more than just handguns. In Tennessee I understand that batons are not covered under the concealed carry license. In Florida, the reasoning is that a knife, baton, or other defensive weapon will be no more lethal than a firearm. Florida does have red flag laws and they have been abused. Allegedly. There is a strong push in Florida for an “Assault Weapons” ban. Challenges are also being mounted to the States preemption. Preemption has been a godsend here in Florida where the state reserves all authority for regulating and making laws regarding firearms. In the past it was a patchwork of laws between different counties and cities. With the exception of some leeway on waiting periods for purchase, local municipalities must follow state laws regarding firearms and they cannot make up their own. That pertains to where firearms may be possessed, how they may be carried, and what types of firearms are permitted. In Florida signs banning firearms do not carry the weight of the law. Although a verbal request from a business owner must be immediately heeded, a sign on the door saying “no guns allowed” does not matter. In Florida one is allowed to consume alcohol while armed. The blood alcohol content to be considered impaired with a firearm is actually higher than it is to be considered impaired when driving. Rather than 0.08 that will get you a DUI, you’re not considered impaired with a firearm until you are at 0.10. A nuance though is one is not allowed to legally carry in an area where the primary revenue is from alcohol sold for consumption on the premises. It can get a little confusing. I can legally go into a Chili’s or a like establishment sit at a booth in the restaurant and drink a couple of beers with my meal. By the letter of the law, I would not be allowed to traverse through the bar section to go to the bathroom because that area makes its lion’s share of revenue from alcohol. One is also allowed to carry in a liquor store because there it is not sold for consumption on site. The stand your ground law when properly applied is a benefit as it no longer calls upon the person being threatened or attacked to retreat so long as they are lawfully going about their business in a place where they are allowed to be. One thing that really burns me is our State legislature made it so that anyone between the ages of 18 until they turn 21 is not allowed to purchase any firearm whatsoever. Not a handgun. Not a long gun. Nothing I’m sure there are more pluses and minuses for both states, but that’s what comes to mind at the moment.
  15. Thank you for the correction. I’ll humbly update my post. I’m too young to have firsthand knowledge of the events of those times. That’s what I get for relying on what I’ve read elsewhere without vetting it for myself.

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