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State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) discusses his proposal to criminalize federal attempts to enforce any new gun control laws during a Jan. 16, 2013, press conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)

Citing efforts by President Barack Obama to stiffen gun control laws, Republican state Rep. Joe Carr has introduced legislation that would criminalize any attempts by federal agents to enforce bans on semiautomatic weapons or ammunition.

The Lascassas native also included a measure in the bill that would require the attorney general to defend residents facing prosecution by the U.S. government for violating any new federal gun laws – proposals that have not yet been considered or passed through Congress.

“In light of recent comments and actions taken by Obama and Vice President (Joe) Biden, I believe it is necessary for Tennessee to proactively promote, maintain and defend its sovereignty guaranteed to it in the 10th Amendment,” Carr said Wednesday during a press conference in Murfreesboro.

Although the bill has not yet been brought up for a vote, Carr said he believes it will garner strong support from fellow lawmakers in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The comments were made only hours after Obama urged Congress to pass a ban on what he described as military-style weapons, which would include the AR-15 rifle, and more comprehensive background checks.

In addition, Obama pushed for limits on high-capacity magazines and new gun-trafficking laws designed to combat the spread of weapons across state lines.

He also signed 23 executive orders aimed at strengthening enforcement of existing gun laws and increasing the flow of information between federal agencies in order to more closely monitor gun purchases.

In what he described as a “preemptive strike,” Carr said he has heard from numerous constituents who want Tennessee lawmakers to take a stand against any new federal bans or regulations.

“This most blatant assault on the Second Amendment by the Obama administration is a systematic effort to disarm the law-abiding citizens of the United States,” he said. “The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, which was intended to protect the individual and the states from the tyranny of the (federal) government.”

Because any bans on weapons or ammunition would violate the Second Amendment, Carr said he felt compelled to introduce legislation designed to protect the rights of fellow Tennesseans, noting the Obama administration is attempting to overreach its authority with the proposals.

“The federal government,” he said, “should not be allowed, through law or executive order, to infringe upon our constitutional rights.”

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January 16, 2013 at 6:16pm
Carr would be better served working on bills that help Tennessee rather than push back against legislation that includes 23 measures that he can't do anything about. Once again, our state officials are too concerned with image than with working on any form of legislation that improves our economy or society.
January 16, 2013 at 6:22pm
As much of America holds a death grip on their guns, we should be asking why we are so dependent on the idea of protecting ourselves and from what? We live in a post-9/11 society in which fear is bred 24 hours a day through television and media. Other countries with similar social structures such as the UK don’t have this problem and don’t have guns in the hands of every man, woman and child. Read more about Living in a Society of Fear and how we are at War with Ourselves at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html
January 17, 2013 at 8:32am
No. Carr pushes back against 20 slaughtered first graders, 6 heroic educators, their families and rational Americans.
January 17, 2013 at 9:49am
Rational Americans don't fight the sale of guns to people who are prone to going on killing sprees.
January 17, 2013 at 1:59pm
Carr says, “The federal government,” he said, “should not be allowed, through law or executive order, to infringe upon our constitutional rights.”

So, gruntessa, I guess it was that shooter's constitutional right to carry a gun and slaughter those children and teachers!!??
January 17, 2013 at 2:54pm
Carr demonstrates he is out of step with the majority of Americans on this issue. What's worse his lack of common sense about this is frightening. His stance on this is just self-serving and should be a warning to anyone who is considering who should replace our DeJarlais. Why replace one Neanderthal with another?
January 18, 2013 at 8:55am
Carr should check with the AG on this one. This is not a "States Rights" issue and (he) is is coming off as being more political than logical.
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