Just days after declaring its “sovereignty” from the federal government, the state of Tennessee has just ushered through three new allegedy “pro-gun” bills, HB959, HB960 and HB961. However, the net effect of these bills is that it simply further codifies having to get the state and federal government’s permission to exercise one’s existing right to keep and bear arms, which has been – in flagrant violation of the Second Amendment – nearly legislated out of existence over the course of three generations.

HB959 protects concealed carry permit holders from having their permit application information made public. It would impose a $2,500 fine for each offense. However, it certainly affords no protection at all from the prying eyes of government officials and bureaucrats, who will still have full access to the information. They just can’t publish it publicly, that’s all. So, this bill will do nothing for concealed carry permit holders except to bar their information from becoming a matter of public record. Never mind that any state or federal agency can still know everything about the permit holder and it is government intrusion into our privacy – not the public’s – that most people should fear.

Both HB960 and HB961 deal with “protecting” one’s right to carry a handgun in a state or national park in Tennessee. Both bills rescind the current ban against carrying a gun in state or national parks, which was imposed by the Bush administration. However, the lifting of this restriction only applies to those citizens who have dutifully bowed down to the government by obtaining a concealed carry handgun permit from the state of Tennessee. Never mind that the concealed carry permit is, itself, a regulation of the Second Amendment and, as such, is a violation of the Second Amendment, as all laws regulating firearms are. So, all these two laws do is add yet another layer of bureaucracy to the mountain of red tape that has already strangled our existing right to self-defense. But, so-called “pro-gun” organizations like the NRA don’t see that as a bad thing and applaud these laws as some sort of “progress” for gun rights. Never mind the fact that they never call for the repeal of all gun laws, which would be the only logical way of lifting the restrictions imposed by 75 years of violations of the Second Amendment. Gun owners, swayed to believe organizations like the NRA are on their side, also stupidly applaud the further regulation by government of their fundamental existing right to defend themselves against government, which is what the Second Amendment is all about.

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. – Tacitus (A.D. 55?-130?)