A resolution to safeguard the right of gun owners against the feds, failed to get enough support from Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, but not without heated debate.
There was a question about whether the resolution would even have power outside the room where the vote took place.
This failed in a narrow vote with 5 in favor, and 6 against.
Commissioner Terry Roland, who introduced the legislation, said this is what his constituents wanted.
After the failed vote he told FOX13 News he knew it would not pass and admits it had no teeth. But he says his constituents asked him to voice their stance to the State Legislature in Nashville. He recently met with 500 constituents at Range USA, and that's what sparked this resolution.
Commissioner Heidi Shafer agreed saying this is about basic human rights of protection but others said this makes a mockery of the county and is a waste of time.
They say the resolution asks the sheriff to threaten federal authorities and has no legal bearing.
Constitutional lawyer and Commissioner Steve Mulroy says the resolution has no legal bearing. For example, he says the resolution suggests the county direct the sheriff to interfere with enforcement by federal authorities. However, Commissioner Mulroy says the issue would need to be argued in federal court.
Commissioner Walter Bailey called the resolution a radical right wing attempt to take issue with the president's gun reform movement. The gun debate quickly became target practice on personal jabs.
"We're talking about asking the sheriff to protect us from the infringement of the federal government," Commissioner Bailey said. "Now, if that isn't a direct wave your first at the federal government I don't know what it is, just radical right wing absurd legislation."
"I want to be honest with you, if I'm coming to Memphis, Tenn., I'm packing heat!," Commissioner Roland said. "Anybody out there listening, if you want to try somethin' it's on you."
"We don't have the right to say as a county, 'Sheriff (Bill) Oldham go out there and prevent the ATF and FBI from enforcing this particular gun law because think it's unconstitutional.' Just can't do that," Commissioner Mulroy said.
"It makes a mockery of use here in Shelby County. Makes us look stupid," Bailey added.
"This ain't somethin' Terry Roland thought about," Roland said.
"Out of order, out of order!"
"What I find to be a matter of concern we're setting up a scare code to knock em' down," Mulroy said. "We're shaking around this boogie man of jack-booted thugs in the ATF and their black helicopters coming by our house to take away our hunting rifles and our guns, use of self defense. It's not happening."
"Look at what's happening in the past 2.5 years," Roland said. "The legacy of this county commission is going to be they broke the county and they broke two school systems. That's the truth, that's the honest truth and they're worried about a Second Amendment and looking stupid, looking stupid. They passed that a long time ago."
Commissioners Burgess and Harvey were absent in the vote.
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