Ineffective Action Against Ineffective “Gun-Free-Zones”
As of July 1, 2017, Tennessee HB0508 went into effect.
“Firearms and Ammunition – As enacted, creates a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms that is preempted by state law; restricts certain actions by local government in regard to handgun carry permittees. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 20 and Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.”
So what does this mean?
Like so much legislation in this day and age, this law will end up having its meaning determined by the courts. What qualifies as an “adverse affect”, or not, will be determined by a judge. As much pro-gun legislation does, the language used in this law is unclear. While the sponsor’s intent maybe well understood, in order to pass muster, a degree of ambiguity is added. Unfortunately this often times ends up causing a worse “adverse-affect” than it was designed to protect against, as activist judges define the language to mean something it does not.
For the most part, while reluctant, localities, even in metro areas, are slowly abiding, though not advertising the change in law. The Truth About Guns produced an article in May about HB0508 was still upcoming that clearly shows the bill’s intent despite its language. Additionally, after the July 1, 2017 effective date, there have been several stories related to metro areas complying with allowing firearms on buses and other places previously banned. Links to these articles are posted below.
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