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Carter mayor creates resolution targeting federal gun legislation

John Thompson • Feb 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Mayor Leon Humphrey said Thursday that he will present a resolution to the Carter County Commission on Tuesday to defend the rights of Carter Countians to keep and bear arms and calls on the state to nullify any federal regulation that would restrict those rights.

“I have been approached by more people over this issue,” Humphrey said of the public’s worries over the expansion of gun control under the administration of President Barack Obama.

Humphrey said the Second Amendment has stood the test of time for more than 200 years and the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the amendment and the rights of individual citizens to keep and bear arms.

“I don’t own an assault rifle or a .50-caliber gun,” Humphrey said, “but I recognize there are legitimate collectors out there.”

He said not only would the proposed federal laws infringe upon the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, Humphrey said the laws would not even accomplish their intended purpose.

“It’s absurd to think that the law will stop a deranged madman from getting guns,” the mayor said.

“It is time to stand up and defend our inalienable rights,” Humphrey said.

The resolution that will be considered by the County Commission on Tuesday says “the president of the United States, vice president of the United States and certain members of the United States Congress are reportedly considering taking certain actions, including the proposal and adoption of certain laws or regulations, which would infringe upon the rights of citizens ... to keep and bear arms as guaranteed to said citizens by virtue of the Second Amendment.”

The resolution calls upon the governor and the General Assembly of Tennessee “to immediately pass acts to protect, preserve and defend the citizens of Carter County and the state of Tennessee guaranteed by the Second Amendment ... and specifically to immediately pass any acts as may be appropriate to nullify the implementation within the state of Tennessee of any federal law, regulation or executive order enacted to restrict the rights of citizens of Tennessee to keep and bear arms.”

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