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OK, this is one of those Twilight Zone moments at Legislative Plaza when you find yourself wondering if you're losing your mind. Can I be the only one who thinks it's really psycho to pass a law barring confiscation of weapons under martial law? This bill by House GOP caucus chair Glen Casada keeps rolling through the committee system with unanimous votes, and no one yet has asked Casada the obvious question: Are you completely unhinged? Instead, they all nod knowingly as he gives his one-sentence explanation for his bill and then they vote for it as if there never could have been any doubt about their support for such a commonsense idea.
"This bill as proposed would allow us to keep our firearms under martial law," Casada told the House Judiciary Committee this morning.
Rep. Henry Fincher, D-Cookeville, did ask one question.
"I'm for the bill. You know I'm pro gun. I'm against confiscation. If you need a gun it's going to be during a period that martial law is breaking out and things are going to pieces. But the way I understand martial law is that it suspends all other laws. So wouldn't it also suspend this?"
"That is the point that's never been clarified in court," Casada replied. "And so we as law-abiding citizens could say, 'So Mr. executive, governor, president, whoever, sorry you can't take my personal weapons.' Granted it's to be fought in court someday, but we're taking a stance."
"OK," Fincher said. "I was just curious." Then the bill passed unanimously. I think I'm going to Brandon's early today.