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You might think it would be easy to pass a law in Tennessee requiring wife beaters to surrender their guns. We regret to inform you, dear Pith
reader, that you would be wrong. This afternoon, Sen. Dewayne Bunch raised questions about whether such a law might unduly inconvenience wife beaters attempting to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
In the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bunch wondered what it means under this bill to possess a gun. If your arsenal of weaponry is stored in your barn or on your fishing boat, he asked, is that possession? And would the wife beater have to surrender those firearms?
"This seems very vague and ambiguous as to what possession is. It creates as many problems as it solves in that sense," Bunch said. Also, he asked, how's a wife beater supposed to know that he's been ordered to give up his guns? And once he finds out, how's he supposed to surrender his guns without possessing them?
"It seems sort of circular in logic to me, that we would tell someone to go get a gun to dispossess himself of it," Bunch said, thoughtfully.
Sen. Diane Black was probably surprised to encounter opposition to her bill
and put it off for a while to figure out what to do next.
Update: The committee eventually came back
to the bill and passed it unanimously despite Bunch's many concerns.