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  1. From the opinion: “Before Bruen, the Second Amendment looked like an abandoned cabin in the woods. A knot of vines, weeds, and roots, left unkempt for decades, crawling up the cabin’s sides as if pulling it under the earth. Firearm regulations are that overgrowth. Starting with the Federal Firearms Act in 1938, laws were passed with little—if any—consideration given to their constitutionality. That is, until the Supreme Court intervened in Bruen.” “The State has not shown any historical precedent for removing the right to keep and bear arms because of a restraining order for domestic violence.” “That said, this Court embraces Bruen’s charge. Thus, after sifting through the history above, this Court finds that the Government did not prove that §922(g)(8) aligns with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation and declines the Government’s invitation to insert its own public policy concerns rather than following Bruen. As a result, the Court holds that § 922(g)(8) is unconstitutional under Bruen’s framework.” I have said for decades that the General Assembly of Tennessee has violated its own sacred oath, more especially since 2010 when the SCOTUS incorporated the 2nd Amendment against the States via the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, making it plain that the 2nd is a civil Right, not to be broken in upon by legislation that is unconstitutional. Every tax-payer paid employee who knowingly violates this right is guilty of Official Oppression under TCA3 39-16-403. Article 1 Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution requires that the legislature prove that any law passed that denies that right “must be guided by, and restrained to this end, and bear some well defined relation to the prevention of crime, or else it is unauthorized by this clause of the Constitution…” (Andrews v. State, 50 Tenn. 165, 181 (1871)) I have to date seen not one scintilla of empirical data presented by the Department of Safety, TBI, Sheriff’s Association, Chiefs of Police etc. lobbyist or Department spokespersons (all tax payer paid employees by the way, all of them) to say allowing a non-criminal citizen to keep and bear arms increased crime. Sans that required ingredient, the actions of the TN General Assembly from 1801 to present day are clearly unconstitutional when their acts make enjoying a right guaranteed by our Constitutions, both State and Union, a crime. From Andrews: "The right to keep arms, necessarily involves the right to purchase them, to keep them in a state of efficiency for use, and to purchase and provide ammunition suitable for such arms, and to keep them in repair. And clearly for this purpose, a man would have the right to carry them to and from his home, and no one could claim that the Legislature had the right to punish him for it, without violating this clause of the Constitution."
  2. Was in need of some IMR 4064 powder and was having a hard time, he helped me out in a swap and just wanted to say thank you!
  3. I have high hopes for Rep. Barrett, he is an attorney and hopefully will be assigned to a committee where he can use his knowledge and talents to further our cause. I have spoken with him a few times and we seem to share the same goals.
  4. Our newly elected Republican Super Majority House Caucus is doing its Annual Retreat this weekend up at Paris Landing. The Freshman Class will be set upon and told what they can and cannot do by the Old Timers League. No controversial bills first year, sit and listen, be inconspicuous and such, pay no attention to that Constitution, it is just words on a piece of paper. I plan on talking to my Rep. as soon as he is loose, as the agenda for the coming session will be the main focus of conversation. I suggest anyone interested in their Rights as identified with respect to arms do the same as soon as possible. Call your Representative's Nashville office and ask for their cell phone number (if you do not already have it) and a call back to talk about what was discussed at the retreat. It is after all, your business they hold in the palm of their hands...
  5. We added a number of solid 2nd Amendment supporters to the House side of our General Assembly in this last election cycle: Jody Barrett in District 69, Ed Butler in District 41, Kip Capley in District 71, Elaine Davis in District 18, Monty Fritz in District 32, Brock Martin in District 79, and Bryan Richey in District 20. These are legislators who we can count on to carry and sponsor restorative issues for us. They will be an adjunct to, Rusty Grills, Chris Todd, John Ragan, Jay Reedy and Clay Doggett who have been our Champions to date.
  6. Pretty much every TN State Senator, with the exception of Frank Nicely, Dawn White, Janice Bowling, Joey Hensley and Kerry Roberts are 2nd Amendment Butters. I had hopes that Sen. Paul Baily was going to join the fold, but the jury is still out on that one. The main reason that we can get nothing done to return the Rights due Tennesseans is the mindset of the Lt. Governor. He thinks the laws on our books now are perfect and sees no need to even discus any changes. We will only move forward if the People light their Senators up demanding a return to the principals of the time of the Founding, as was directed by the Supreme Court in the Bruen decision, from that : "To justify its regulation, the government may not simply posit that the regulation promotes an important interest. Rather, the government must demonstrate that the regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. Only if a firearm regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition may a court conclude that the individual’s conduct falls outside the Second Amendment’s “unqualified command.” Instead, the government must affirmatively prove that its firearms regulation is part of the historical tradition that delimits the outer bounds of the right to keep and bear arms. We looked to history because “it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment . . . codified a pre-existing right.” The Amendment “was not intended to lay down a novel principle but rather codified a right inherited from our English ancestors.” Id., at 599 (alterations and internal quotation marks omitted). After surveying English history dating from the late 1600s, along with American colonial views leading up to the founding, we found “no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms.” We then canvassed the historical record and found yet further confirmation. That history included the “analogous arms-bearing rights in state constitutions that preceded and immediately followed adoption of the Second Amendment,” id., at 600–601, and “how the Second Amendment was interpreted from immediately after its ratification through the end of the 19th century,” id., at 605. When the principal dissent charged that the latter category of sources was illegitimate “postenactment legislative history,” id., at 662, n. 28 (opinion of Stevens, J.), we clarified that "examination of a variety of legal and other sources to determine the public understanding of a legal text in the period after its enactment or ratification” was “a critical tool of constitutional interpretation."" Our State Senators know this, and by their actions to deny you your Rights originally enumerated in the Bill of Rights of the Union Constitution and those in our Tennessee Constitution's Declaration of Rights analog they are in fact guilty of Official Oppression.
  7. Hopeful to get done with Vanderbilt and the wife's test and procedures for the weekend, grandson is itching to get going.
  8. Forms submitted 9/22/22, have not heard a word. SBR and suppressor, my builder said allow a year on the can these days. I wanted in before the "Amnesty".
  9. Thank you, had not seen that one. That is almost gunbroker prices, but in a storm...
  10. Need some IMR 4064, West TN location, can drive as far as Middle TN.
  11. As today will give us the General Assembly we will have for the next two years, it is important that we reach out to our newly elected General Assembly and honor our Article 1 Section 23 obligation to "instruct" our elected employees, and that they in turn hold the bureaucracies that are tax payer funded to the same rules that all government is held to recognize, that all power is inherent in the People, and that they work for us! We need at least one (1) (and 50 would be better) constituent of ever Representative and Senator in the TN General Assembly to write their members and let them know that the Bruen decision has settled the matter that non-criminal Citizens of this State (by virtue of the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago ruling by SCOTUS incorporating the 2nd Amendment against the states under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment has made the 2nd a Civil Right) have a non second class Right to carry arms, and not just handguns, for their use in case of confrontation. It is imperative that we can show proof of this transfer of knowledge, even though it has been read into the Journal of the General Assembly (ask me how I know that) this year we MUST convince the members that we understand that their having knowledge of the facts puts them in jeopardy of being convicted of Official Oppression if they fail to remedy the unconstitutional infringements placed by the General Assembly on our right to keep, bear and wear arms. Thomas said in Bruen this is no second class right, where we must prove need to enjoy, but rather is ours by birth as Citizens, given us by God and simply obstructed by a government that swears to uphold the Constitutions of our State and Union. From our TCA Code Annotated: Part 4 - Misconduct Involving Public Officials and Employees 39-16-403 - Official oppression. 39-16-403. Official oppression. (a) A public servant acting under color of office or employment commits an offense who: (1) Intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, stop, frisk, halt, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment or lien when the public servant knows the conduct is unlawful; or (2) Intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity, when the public servant knows the conduct is unlawful. (b) For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of office or employment if the public servant acts, or purports to act, in an official capacity or takes advantage of the actual or purported capacity. (c) An offense under this section is a Class E felony. (d) Charges for official oppression may be brought only by indictment, presentment or criminal information; provided, that nothing in this section shall deny a person from pursuing other criminal charges by affidavit of complaint. [Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1990, ch. 980, § 11.] Every member of the General Assembly, The Governor, the Department of Safety, the Sheriffs and their deputies, the Chiefs of Police and their officers, the TBI and every other agency are held to support and defend the Constitutions of the State and Union by that oath. When they take tax payer money to do a job, they are bound thereby, regardless of personal opinion or belief. The various departments and LE agencies are not given power to make law, or to lobby for or against them. Having knowledge of the flow chart of governance with the People at the top and them being relegated to a servants position for pay, I am tired of seeing their paid shills speak against my rights, using my tax money to do so. Only the legislature can make law, and that at the People's will, if we will but engage. Having the Department of Safety, TBI and Sheriff's Association testify under oath that they are "philosophically opposed" to relinquishing their strangle hold on our right to bear arms is criminal, but will only be stopped by US, and that only if we alert our elected employees that we know the facts and intend to see them obeyed.
  12. To further understand the path we are on via Bruen, this from Justice Thomas: "A final word on historical method: Strictly speaking, New York is bound to respect the right to keep and bear arms because of the Fourteenth Amendment, not the Second. When the people adopted the Fourteenth Amendment into existence, they readopted the original Bill of Rights,…the public understanding of the right to keep and bear arms in both 1791 and 1868 was, for all relevant purposes, the same with respect to public carry.” If we are truly to read the Amendments in the context of the meaning they were to be understood by at the time of their writing, then a number of later day restrictions are in fact unconstitutional as well. For instance, there was no prescription for denying the Right to arms to a infamous criminal if he had served his time and been released. (I remember reading that Jackson emptied the prisons in LA if the criminals agreed to bear arms against England). I am not sure there was even such a thing as a dishonorable discharge, most likely if they needed to drum a soldier out they hung or shot them??? One must consider that if the 2nd protects "the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.", does not that right extend to confrontation by government, which at the time of the writing and adoption of the Amendments, was the whole point of their construction. Our State Constitution plainly says the People are in charge and have the absolute power to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper. Your General Assembly and every LE Department are mere servants of the People, tax payer paid employees and are to act in accordance with the Constitution, it is in their Oath, they swear or affirm to do so.
  13. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Club v. Bruen brought to light for the general public that government can not arbitrarily deny a 2nd Amendment right to a non-criminal citizen "just because". From that case: "the “textual elements” of the Second Amendment’s operative clause— “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”—“guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” In a subsequent case in Tennessee (Columbia Housing & Redevelopment Corp. v. Kinsley Braden, M2021-00329-COA-R3-CV) the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that that right can not be taken or given away by mere agreement, hence the reckoning of the terms unalienable (can't be taken from a person) and indefeasible (can't give away willfully, stuck like glue) and why they are important in our constitutions. Even though the plaintiff signed an agreement saying he would not keep arms in that housing unit, the Court found that government can not take that right away and he could not give it up. If the general public knows this now, why does the General Assembly of Tennessee not? In the Buren arguments before the Supreme Court, The Solicitor General of Washington DC told the Court that Tennessee passed a law in1821 that was still on our books making it a crime to carry a loaded firearm. The SCOTUS has ruled that unconstitutional. Contact your State Senators and tell them YOU know the facts and intend to hold them to their oath which says they solemnly swear (or affirm) that as a member of this General Assembly, they will, in all appointments, vote without favor, affection, partiality, or prejudice; and that they will not propose or assent to any bill, vote or resolution, which shall appear to them injurious to the people, or consent to any act or thing, whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this State. Make your voice heard, call your candidates for office in Tennessee today and alert them that you know the truth and expect them to act accordingly.
  14. Can drive to Memphis or Nashville and in between. Need some IMR 4350 and would love some Ramshot TAC. I have other primers as well SP. SR.
  15. Recent rulings by The Supreme Court of the United States and important to Tennesseans, our own Appellate system are proving that statues passed by the General Assembly, while holding the force of law, can and oft times do deny the enjoyment of rights enumerated in our Constitutions. New York State Rifle and Pistol Club v. Bruen points out a very important fact, that the Constitution and Bill of Rights MUST be viewed in light of the meaning of the words used at the time of the writing. As in Heller, the Court has stated that later statues do not create a “new” understanding of Rights. In Carpenter v. United States, the Court said electronic communications are privileged under the 4th Amendment, just as written documents were at the Founding, a warrant necessary for the government to access them. We see memes all time of plume pens and computers being the same. Free speech on TV and internet are all covered under the 1st. Why then would our 2nd Amendment rights be any different? In Bruen the Court said they were not, and even our own State Appellate decision last week confirms this fact. (Columbia Housing & Redevelopment Corp. v. Kinsley Braden) Why then is there a law, 39-17-1307 (a) (1) which says it is a crime to carry a loaded firearm off of one’s personal property, first passed by the General Assembly of Tennessee in 1801, a scant 5 years after the admission of our State into the Union and the issuance of our Constitution. In that document, (commented on by Thomas Jefferson as the “least imperfect and most republican” of the State Constitutions) then Article 11th §26 said “That the free men of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence.” Also the oath of the Legislators in Article 9th § 2nd “That each member of the senate and house of representatives shall, before they proceed to business, take an oath or affirmation to support the constitution of this State, and also the following oath: I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm that, as a member of this general assembly, I will in all appointments vote without favor, affection, partiality, or prejudice, and that I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution which shall appear to me injurious to the people, or consent to any act or thing whatever that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the constitution of this State.” Further, in Article 10th Section 4th “The declaration of rights hereto annexed is declared to be a part of the constitution of this State, and shall never be violated on any pretence whatever. And to guard against transgressions of the high powers which we have delegated, we declare that everything in the bill of rights contained, and every other right not hereby delegated, is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate.” Hopefully, these recent happening in courts will alert the legislators that the failure of previous General Assemblies to their oath and obligations require repeal of statutes which violate the Right of the People to keep, bear and wear arms. That will only happen if the People instruct them so!
  16. As the season gets going to prepare for session once more, I will be visiting more often to inform on bills TFA is advocating for. We actually had a good primary season, and look forward to adding a number of solid House members. Our year should be much better with the Bruen ruling. As usual though, the House will be far more accommodating to restoring rights taken by previous iterations of the General Assembly, the Senate not so much. Senate Judiciary will be chaired by either Gardenhire or Lundberg and either will be a death knell for 2A bills. Bell killed the good stuff to gain his new seat at the TWRA table in return, and we are left with no help at all in the Senate Judiciary.
  17. Trying to get a grandson set up for deer season, need brass for a 6.5 Grendel. Could also use a pound of Ramshot TAC powder. I have other powders to trade and bullets as well. If you have brass I will buy or trade...
  18. I see the need to work as necessary, I advocate for a lot of other things besides firearms issues, one especially important is Asset Forfeiture, or legalized police theft. This is a firearms forum though, and one would think the main topic would be legislation related to that subject. If I make statements that when that legislation is before the committees and the full House or Senate and there are rows upon rows of Moms Demand Action red shirts in the halls and committee rooms, that is just reporting. I am trying to claim no high ground, simply trying to get help for issues that are important to us all. I try to lead by example, forging relationships with legislators who hold sway over our lives. I never ask anyone to do anything I am not doing, of my own volition, on my own time and my own dime. There are members here who ask me to keep the board updated, and if I get frustrated to be the only person on watch at the General Assembly, I make no apology for that. I write legislation and try to get cosponsors to help. The hours it takes to study the law and reach our to legislators takes away from family. I have a 49 year old invalid daughter that is bed bound, and I am her primary care giver, a wife who had a kidney transplant 17 years ago who was on dialysis for 10 years before that who is not in good health. What I do at the legislature is not a job, it is an avocation, it has nearly cost me my real job and the reason I use my vacation is that my employer gives me no choice, I am not allowed to participate in politics on his time, and so I am forced to spend that time I could be with family or hunting or something pleasurable. I don't know who you are, and have never had a single thing to say about you, but I resent your implication that I hold some "holier than thou" opinion of myself, You certainly do not know me. I try to live by the Sam Adams "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men" gambit, and if you are insulted that I try to stir up others to join me in the quest, so be it, I could give a rats rear end. If it is the will of this forum that I cease and desist of my efforts here, that can be arranged too.
  19. His name was Tony Dabs, and if you were involved at the Legislature on motorcycle issues you will know him. I fear he is either sick or has passed away, because I did not see him this year or last, but, I helped carry his petitions and can provide proof of that, as Jay Reedy carried his bills and he will vouch that I helped advocate for the shoulder and helmet bills he was pushing.
  20. Actually I did, had a friend that worked that bill, a biker that walked with a cane and he also was there every year on the helmet bill. You meet a lot of good people advocating for issues and you help those who are passionate and doing it on their own dime. I got legislators to sign on to his bills. I think his name was Tony, have not seen him the last couple of years. The GA treated him the same way they do me. I do not ask for your money for me, I don't take dime for my efforts, TFA is not the NRA, no salaries for Directors or Board members. You have a permit because of volunteers that worked to get it done. You have Civil Immunity because someone kept hammering till we got it done. I don't care if you hate me, I am not laboring for profit or accolades. Most Liberals hate me too...
  21. I am old, and do not have that many years left to stay at this, and I am failing at getting my grandchildren well situated, The RINOs are winning.
  22. Anyone that intones that Tennessee has a Conservative Legislature willing to address 2nd Amendment issues is seriously demented, willfully ignorant or bough and paid for. The three real issues of the session were removing the criminal aspect of carrying a firearm, HB 2524, adding long guns into the enhanced Permit , HB 1898 and moving the permit age to 18, HB 1735. The Senate Judiciary committee killed two (HB 2524 and HB 1735) and House Civil Justice did in HB 1898. A Republican Supermajority, Right...with friends like these, God forbid we get any enemies. There was a deal struck with Representative Todd to not run his 1735 on the floor Monday night, where he had the votes to pass it. The Caucus asked him to move it to Thursday (after the candidate filing deadline so that some members would not be on the record voting for a 2nd Amendment bill and risk have papers pulled in more Liberal districts.) He agreed on the stipulation that HB 2524 get to the floor in both chambers, the Senate reneged after he kept up his end of the bargain. Watching the Senate Judiciary proves that Gardenhire, Lundburg, Steven and Bell are simply hacks for the Governor. (Remember Bell is the one who took knives our of the list of deadly weapons in 2014, you can carry them now under his Senate Bill 1771).

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