Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 3, 2013

County supports right to bear arms

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Commission supports the rights of its people to keep and bear arms, even if it means rejecting or nullifying the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, executive orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the state of Tennessee.

Resolution 05-2013-3, sponsored by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, states, "The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States declares one of the many fundamental, unalienable rights guaranteed to the citizens of the United States, namely that 'A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.'"

It further states, "Article I, Section 26 of the Constitution for the sovereign State of Tennessee further protects this fundamental freedom, leaving a right of the legislature to regulate the bearing of arms, but otherwise not permitting that body to infringe upon this right."

The resolution was brought forward because of certain "rhetoric of late" could infringe upon these rights due to the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook, CT.

"This commission, not being unsympathetic to the losses of those families, but at the same time resolved in a purpose to protect and defend the rights of the people as per the oaths of its respective members," the resolution states.

It further states that the Cumberland County Commission hereby, "Supports and requests the legislature of the state of Tennessee adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to reject and nullify the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, executive orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Tennessee."

The resolution also, "Calls upon the State of Tennessee to adopt and enact any and all measures which would clarify the sheriff's duty and responsibility to defend the citizens of the state of Tennessee against infringement by the federal government."

It also requests the county mayor to supply a copy of the resolution to the other counties of Tennessee, encouraging their legislative bodies to join in passing this resolution and forwarding it to their state delegations.

Harry Sabine, 1st District commissioner, said he supported the right to bear arms and served several years in the United States Marines, "But this states we will nullify federal law, which is foolish. You can't. It's not legal and I'll vote against it for that," Sabine said.

Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner, moved to approve the resolution and Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, supported the motion.

Sabine, Caroline Knight, 2nd District commissioner; and Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, voted no.

The resolution passed in a 14-3 vote during May's monthly county commission meeting.

Brian Houston, 1st District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.