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Rep. Carr: Make It a Crime to Enforce Fed Gun Laws in TN

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.”

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Sports Agents Face Criminal Penalties Under New Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sports agents who prey on school athletes in Tennessee could face prison time under legislation recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
The law, which the Republican governor signed earlier this month, is part of a trend nationwide to keep athletes from receiving compensation or favors from schools, boosters or agents.
The Tennessean reports that the law gives state officials the power to investigate such allegations and impose criminal penalties on anyone who performs the services of a sports agent.
The law requires anyone who claims to be an agent in Tennessee to register with the Department of State, which already regulates the agents who represent professional athletes. Failing to do so could result in a penalty of as much as $25,000 and up to six years in prison.

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