Constitutional Carry in Tennessee….. Where we stand now…..

By Richard Archie

As 2022 draws to a close, I reflect on the year, and the fact that once again, my single resolution for that period was unfulfilled, the restoration of our God given right to arms in Tennessee.

Like the remainder of this year, my days are numbered, and though I am taught that the hour of my passing from this vale of tears is not known to me, its coming is a fact that is inescapable.

My hope is to leave my children and grandchildren as well situated as I might prior to my end, and as I know the history of the world and the nature of tyrants, I have done my best to bring about the restoration of rights as promised in 1796. The men and women who through sacrifice of blood and treasure made the promise that the free men of this state were always to be able to keep and bear arms for their common defense against all who would deny them would be stunned to know that the chains they forged to keep government from usurping that political liberty have been broken by aspiring individuals, hired by the People to protect those very God given rights, members of previous General Assemblies.

In 2022, a bill was offered in the Tennessee legislature that would have removed the unconstitutional infringement on that right, but the Senate sent it to “summer study” effectively killing the issue. With the Bruen decision which states that all non-criminal US citizens have a first class right to bear firearms in public in case of confrontation, one might have expected to see new out of Nashville speaking to that, but so far no word.

The Constitutional oath of a member of the General Assembly is to in all appointments, vote without favor, affection, partiality, or prejudice; and that they will not propose or assent to any bill, vote or resolution, which shall appear to them injurious to the people, or consent to any act or thing, whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared by the Constitution of this State.

In 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States incorporated the 2nd Amendment against the States through the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Our legislators know that, it has been read into their record. It is time they redeem the promise recognized by the Founders of this great State and return the People’s Right to arms where they belong and remove the illegal infringements placed by previous iterations of the legislature.

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