AG says two Beavers gun bills are unconstitutional

State Attorney General Bob Cooper says two pending bills that would declare federal gun laws void in Tennessee are unconstitutional.

In separate opinions, both requested by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, Cooper addressed two bills, both sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster. They are SB1756 (opinion HERE) and SB1607 (opinion HERE).

The opinions note that similar legislation has been declared in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause by previous attorney general opinions.
The new opinions use identical language in stating that the bills, though differing in some respects, “intended to create an actual conflict with federal law such that compliance with both state and federal regulations would be a physical impossibility.”

“For the reasons set forth in our prior opinion, such action would be inconsistent with and impermissible under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution,” says one opinion.