TN Gov. Signs Bill Prohibiting State Cooperation with Fed Gun Control Laws

By AWR Hawkins

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
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Washington DC – -( On April 30 2015, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed Senate Bill 1110—a bill which bars state cooperation with federal gun control laws.

Sponsored by Senator Richard Briggs (R-Dist. 7), SB 1110 “prohibits the use of any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories.”

SB 1110 passed the house by a margin of 74 to 20 and the senate by a margin of 24 to 1.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the measure was “originally introduced in the House as HB1341 by Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver.”

At that time, Weaver said, “I’m from the cut that there is no need for Washington D.C. to be the end all and be all with regards to the regulatory world. We should respect our 10th Amendment and shift the power back to the states and that’s what House Bill 1341 does.”

What was true for HB 1341 is also true for SB 1110.

This law comes on the heels of another blow to federal gun control signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) last week. On April 29, Pence signed Senate Bill 433—a bill that “repeals the prohibition against manufacturing, importing, selling, or possessing a sawed-off shotgun.”

SB 433 addresses the ban on short barreled, modified shotguns and will also present a challenge to the federal government’s “title II firearm” policy requiring registration fees and transfer records each time the firearm changes hands.

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Larry Burns

I think all Americans should be able to carry guns with out permits would cut down a lot of crimes and also help our policeman.


George you are right in a sense but as more governors see this they will better prepare for such scenarios.
Our gov Nathan Deal would not sign with the aca because he saw the unfunded cost that was coming and by doing
so he and a few others changed the game for presbo. The states were to fund the exchanges not the feds and ….
we will see.


I will accept a tax increase, to fund our state, before I will accept bowing to the liberal BS flowing out of D.C.. We now need Tennessee congress, and governor, to start building our state militia.

Ted Williams Sr.

Always loved Bill Haslam for making sure TN doesn’t cooperate with federal laws


The Fed will just suspend funds for other programs until the state bows to their will.

Frank Willits

Long as I can make and sell sawed off shotguns in the state of Tennessee, go Bill Haslam!!

roy p.

all right for states rights.


Any Right not expressly given to federal government by the constitution is reserved for the states.We need to get back to what would probably solve most of our country’s problems the CONSTITUTION.

C. Richard Archie

The original bill by Weaver had some teeth in it, but the amendment by Senator Brian (Supremacy Clause trumps 10th amendment) Kelsey renders this current Public Chapter as worthless as a toothless old dog.