Bill Description

ON APRIL 26, 2021, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #1 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1335, AS AMENDED: Amendment 1 makes this bill's prohibitions applicable to acts that that "have been found by the supreme court of the United States or the Tennessee supreme court to violate Article I, Section 26 of the Constitution of Tennessee or the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution", instead of acts that "violate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution."

This amendment also adds that a public official is subject to ouster for violation of present law that prohibits the use of public resources to enforce any federal law, executive order, rule, or regulation regulating the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories, if the such action would result in the violation of another Tennessee statute, Tennessee common law, or the Constitution of Tennessee.

ON MAY 3, 2021, THE HOUSE SUBSTITUTED SENATE BILL 1335 FOR HOUSE BILL 928, ADOPTED AMENDMENT #2, AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1335, AS AMENDED: (An existing provision of law contains a similar prohibition>). Amendment 2 removes this bill's provision that prohibits the state and all political subdivisions of this state from using any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the enforcement or administration of any law, treaty, executive order, rule, or regulation of the United States government that has been found by the supreme court of the United States or the Tennessee supreme court to violate the right to bear arms under the Constitution of Tennessee or the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. --An existing provision of law contains a similar prohibition.

TLRC Position

TLRC supports any legislation that strengthens and ensures the preservation of our second amendment rights.

TLRC Observed Process

The bill passed on a purely partisan basis with the exceptions of Senator Gardenhire (R, Chattanooga) who voted against the bill in Senate Judiciary and Senator Yager (R, Kingston) and Senator Swann (R, Maryville) who were present but not voting on the senate floor.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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