Tennesee lawmakers are sending a powerful message to rioters. Not peaceful protesters, but rioters. And they may want to think twice before trying to start something in Tennessee because they just passed a very bold bill.
Resolution HJR074, drafted in March, requires the state to “[extend] a safe harbor to Virginians and other United States citizens whose constitutional rights are being violated by elected officials.”
Basically, it affirms that citizens have a right to maintain the arms equivalent “to those of their government’s basic infantry unit.” You have an AR-15, they can have it as well. Anything police can have, Tennesseeans can have.
The Daily Caller reports:
The bill includes language that details an individual’s right to own “semi-automatic AR-15s, AK-47s, and similar firearms” in order for one to execute their “God-given” right to oppose government tyranny. The legislation also reportedly parallels language in a book that claims over 260 million people have been killed by governments around the globe, according to a Fox 17 report.
Tennessee house members voted 64-24 to move to the resolution forward to the state’s senate.
The resolution comes after rioters lit the Nashville Metro Courthouse ablaze Saturday, following violent demonstrations resulting from the death of George Floyd, The Tennessean reports. Floyd died in Minneapolis Police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, according to a video of the incident.
“We avow that Tennessee will not comply with extra-constitutional actions from any government or body that infringes on our citizens’ right to keep and bear arms,” the legislation states.
The resolution was passed after rioters lit the Nashville Metro Courthouse on fire during violent demonstrations resulting from the death of George Floyd.
They’ve set fire again to the courthouse. Black smoke billowing out a window. They’re starting to smash it again pic.twitter.com/K9gHH2NgUb
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) May 31, 2020
A suspected member of Antifa was arrested for setting the blaze.
BREAKING: Specialized Investigations Division detectives & SWAT officers moments ago arrested Wesley Somers, 25, on charges of felony arson, vandalism, & disorderly conduct for setting fire to Nashville's Historic Courthouse Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/tg0AFrU3OP
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 1, 2020
This was a very bold, and a very good decision on Tennessee's part.
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