New Graded Legislation: Tennessee HB 1407

If we've learned one thing over the last year, it's that conservatives hate the idea of sanctuary cities. Municipalities and states have been the target of both ire and attempts at legislative retribution over their decision to not cooperate with federal law enforcement when it comes to immigration law. It's one of the few things that truly unite the right, a principle they cling to as part of their conservative paradigm, and no explanation or rationalization can move them.

Which brings us to Tennessee, where apparently State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver hasn't read the memo:

A bill introduced in the Tennessee House would prohibit state cooperation with enforcement of federal and international gun control, giving effect to legislation signed into law over the last two years. If passed, the law would help end any such gun control within the state in practice and effect.
The legislation would add a new section to current Tennessee law that would prohibit the use of public funds, personnel or property of the state, or its political subdivisions, for the implementation, regulation, or enforcement of any federal or international law, executive order, rule, or regulation regulating the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories.

This write-up from a conservative blog doesn't even shy away from the hypocrisy of this idea - they headline itself alludes to how this legislation would turn Tennessee into a "Gun Rights 'Sanctuary State.'" It's another example of how local control and other ostensibly conservative principles take a backseat to the proliferation of completely unregulated firearms. 

Weaver, the bill's sponsor, was a consistently regressive voice on gun control during Tennessee's 2017 session, ranking near the bottom of our scorecard. The bill has its first hearing in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on January 17. We will be grading this legislation, and are urging opposition.