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State lawmakers delay vote on nullification, advance virtual schools regulation

Tom Humphrey • Feb 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

NASHVILLE — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey, comparing himself at one point to Andrew Jackson in 1832, managed to delay Tuesday a vote on legislation that declares Tennessee has a right to nullify federal gun laws and charge federal agents who enforce them with committing a felony.

The committee voted 5-4 to grant Kelsey’s call to postpone a vote on the proposal, SB250, for one week while he seeks a legal opinion from state Attorney General Bob Cooper on whether it would violate the U.S. Constitution. (See video)

Sponsor Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, said the U.S. Constitution authorizes states, through their legislatures, to decide the validity of federal laws.