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TN lawmakers' annual gun range outing canceled

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TULLAHOMA, TN (WSMV) -

A popular and sometimes controversial trip for Tennessee lawmakers to a Tullahoma gun range is off this year, and some lawmakers say President Barack Obama is to blame.

Lawmakers may come to shoot the guns, both new and vintage; however, they leave with a better understanding of Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma.

"We started very small, and it's grown into quite a large event. And we do want to showcase not only Arnold Air Force Base but the Army National Guard's training center out there, which is world class," said State Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma.

But the annual gun range event is off this year - not because of a lack of interest, but because of a lack of ammunition.

The president's proposed gun control measures have sent prices soaring and made some shelves barren.

"We put pen to paper, and it was going to be approximately three times more expensive on the ammunition front to hold this event if we could even find the ammunition, which was going to tougher than to afford it at the end of the day," Matheny said.

Lawmakers like State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said they are disappointed in the cancellation. In a blog post, Campfield blamed the president.

Meanwhile, Matheny is hoping to find another way to make sure his colleagues understand the importance of the facilities in Coffee County.

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