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TN lawmakers wary of any new federal gun laws

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Guns were a big topic at Tennessee's capitol hill Thursday, as some state lawmakers want to make sure new laws coming out of a presidential task force in Washington don't impact gun owners in Tennessee.

The talk of gun control is making the lawmakers looking at a bit of a preemptive strike.

"This is serious business the president is talking about," said State Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains.

Niceley said he's hearing a lot of concerns from his constituents who worry Congress will pass bans on military-type assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

Now, Niceley has a plan of his own. If the federal government wants to pass gun control laws, he said, they won't get any help from Tennessee in enforcing them.

"I hate to see the Democrats and the gun grabbers in Washington use this hideous crime to further their gun confiscation program. That's what they want to do - take our guns," Nicely said.

However, others lawmakers say that is a solution in search of a problem, especially since there are no new laws yet. And they say some of them could be common sense and helpful.

"I don't know why we would want to restrict that without seeing the law. Obviously, I think most sensible people really think we should crack down to make sure mentally ill people can't get access to firearms," said State Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville.

Lawmakers will take the issue up again when they return later this month.

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