The Tennessee House of Representatives Monday adopted and passed SB 1335, which would make Tennessee a Second Amendment sanctuary state, in a 75 to thirteen vote. Under the legislation, “any treaty, executive order, rule, or regulation of the United States government that violates the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution [would be] null, void, and unenforceable.” Laws that infringe on Article I, § 26 of the Tennessee Constitution, which guarantees Tennesseans’ right to bear arms, would also be unenforceable. The United States or Tennessee Supreme Court would determine such violations.
The bill passed the Tennessee Senate on April 26 in a twenty-three to four vote. An amendment added in the Senate also subjects any public official who tries to enforce a law voided under SB 1335 to ouster.
The passage of the bill comes after President Joe Biden publicly advocated for gun control legislation during an address to Congress. The law will now go to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for approval. Governor Lee previously supported a law allowing Tennesseeans to carry a handgun without a permit.