MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro called a press conference Wednesday to announce he will pursue legislation to make it a crime in Tennessee for federal agents to enforce any effort to ban firearms or ammunition.
Carr said the measure would also require the state’s attorney general to defend any Tennessean prosecuted for violating the potential federal gun violations.
“We’re tired of political antics, cheap props of using children as bait to gin up emotional attachment for an issue that quite honestly doesn’t solve the problem,” Carr said.
(Gov. Bill Haslam’s office had not yet seen the legislation and had no immediate comment, a spokesman said.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester condemned the measure as “self-serving” for Carr, who is exploring a challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais next year.
“In Tennessee, we are facing real problems with gun violence, poverty and persistent joblessness,” he said. “We don’t need Carr’s extreme sideshow.”
Carr’s bill was unveiled after President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, including universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Asked whether his bill would call on state troopers to arrest their federal counterparts, Carr said: “They would have the authority to do so, and that would be in the intent of the bill.”
Carr said the president’s plan wouldn’t prevent future shootings and instead called for more armed guards to be posted at schools.
Haslam has called for a safety conference hosted by the state Education Department on Jan. 29. He told reporters earlier in the week that school security issues will require a nuanced approach.
“If I had the ultimate answer I would have come forth with it a long time ago,” Haslam said. “I honestly do think it’s a multifaceted issue.”
But the Republican governor said he has concerns over the proposals to require armed officers at every school in the state. About half the schools have trained officers posted.
“We’re trying to look at if that has made a difference, what’s the cost?” he said. “Most of those are being paid by local governments. Can they do that everywhere? Are there different rules around the schools that we need to look at?”
“It’s too early to say any of that because I couldn’t tell you what the additional cost would be in Tennessee at this point in time, or if that’s the right way to spend that amount of money,” he said.
But the governor said he rules out support for calls to allow teachers and administrators with handgun carry permits to be armed in schools.
“I have a daughter who’s a second-grade teacher, and I would have a hard time picturing her carrying to school,” Haslam said.
“What if one school has five people licensed to carry and want to, and another school has zero,” he said. “Are we going to make somebody?”
Haslam planned to visit an elementary school in Memphis on Thursday, though a spokesman said he wasn’t visiting specifically to examine safety issues.
THANK YOU, Rep. Carr. It’s time we put a stop to this tyrant Washington.
You have my support 100%
Sir, I believe that if it were true that politicians wanted to make a difference in making the public safe, if it was truly about the safety of our children and the public in general, then we would have seen executive orders for stronger and MANDATORY SENTENCING FOR THE BAD GUY. Not one thing in Obama or Biden’s lil rant was about harsher penalties against the bad guys and career criminals. COLOR ME STUPID>>> but that’s where I would have started. Instead the politicians want to make the honest citizen either more honest or turn them into a bad guy. These same politicians that have gotten (along with their wallets) “FAT” off of the backs, blood sweat and tears of “HONEST” hard working citizens that they are attempting to enslave.
Thank you for allowing me this time.
sincerely not a criminal yet
I am embarrassed for the inhumane character of my state, TN. What if Sandy Hook were in Tn.?
PLEASE support the President’s efforts to limit assault weapons, smaller magazines. stronger background checks!
Are you a human being or a politician?
Work for: less assault against women (Tn. third highest),
better schools- rating D+, less teen age pregnancy.
You should be embarrassed as well! Do you have children
or anyone you love or loves you? Are you taking funds
from the NRA? I believe that the Bible says “thou shall
How can you sleep at night?
I have children and a Assault weapons ban will do nothing. More resource officers and armed teachers are the best bet and I am behind Rep.Carr 100% If you think that banning these guns will make any difference your crazy because the bad guy will always find away. They have used Knives, Bombs, Swords, Cars I could go on and on but the fact is the media is painting a monster out of these guns they shoot a bullet that is about the size of a 22 and also they do not pump out hundreds of rounds like the media says they are semi auto meaning pull the trigger a bullet comes out. I mean the 30/06 shoots a much larger bullet