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TN lawmakers push back against federal gun restrictions

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State lawmakers are not mincing words when it comes to the national debate over gun restrictions as they vow to protect the rights of Tennessee gun owners at all costs.

"We're pushing the other way. We're pushing back," said State Sen. Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains.

And they're doing it by sponsoring several bills, including a resolution that says Tennessee lawmakers intend to oppose any effort made by the federal government to restrict gun rights.

"The states created the federal government. We're the parent, they're the child, and they're getting out of hand," Nicely said.

While Nicely agrees something has to be done to protect children from gun violence, his answer is not fewer guns but more.

The senator is also sponsoring a bill that would allow Tennessee teachers to bring their guns to school.

That is something Andrew Breneman, general manager at Nashville Armory, said could have made a difference at a Texas college campus Tuesday where as many as 14 people were stabbed by a student.

"It doesn't matter how many guns you ban," Breneman said. "Do you think a high-capacity magazine ban would have stopped that? It's not going to happen."

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