It should come as no surprise that a Memphis Democrat would introduce an anti-gun bill in the Legislature. After all, many politicians on both sides of the aisle in Tennessee have historically pledged an oath to both the United States and Tennessee Constitutions.
Then they go forth and pass bills that are unconstitutional on the face of them.
Representative G. A. Hardaway has introduced HB 2422: Firearms and Ammunition – As introduced, creates various gun show offenses, including prohibiting any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from transferring a firearm to another person if any part of the transfer takes place at a gun show or within 1,000 feet of a gun show. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17.
This bill, if enacted, would make it a crime for an unlicensed person to enter into a firearms transaction at or near a gun show; a transaction that would be legal on a street corner in Memphis or Knxville. The Tennessee Constitution (§ 26) allows the Legislature to pass laws regulating the wearing of arms:
with a view to prevent crime.
Seems that Hardaway would rather create a crime than adhere to the State Constitution and prevent crime. Nothing in this bill will prevent a crime. This bill is designed to close the so-called “Gun show loophole,” but in actuality, it simply infringes on lawful commerce in privately owned firearms.
The Legislature should bury this bill and never let it see the light of day.
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