The real tragedy of a federal government shutdown is not that 800,000 people are out of a job. Or that Congress can't get its act together and pass a budget (YOU HAD ONE JOB). No, it's that there might be a holdup on getting a gun.
The Tennessee Firearms Association is, well, up in arms over Gov. Haslam's statement that permits could be held up if the federal government is shut down for any length of time.
But don't worry, the TFA says we don't even need to wait on federal background checks. The real problem here is the cancer that is the federal government.
The whole memo, after the jump ...
The federal government is now under a partial and likely temporary shutdown of "non-essential" services. Governor Haslam's administration is reportedly stating that "the issuance of handgun permits . . . would be affected due to required background checks, according to the administration."
TFA's review of the handgun permit statute suggests that as a matter of state law there can and should be no delays whatsoever to that process unless its an intentional decision by state government to delay on the excuse of the partial federal shutdown.
It is important for those concerned about this issue to pay attention to the language of the statute which establishes the procedure for issuing (and renewing) handgun permits and not necessarily to rely on statements from Governor Haslam.
The statute in question is Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1351. Although the statutory language is set forth below, it is important to note that the state of Tennessee is required to issue the permit within 90 days of the date of application even if the FBI never responds (subsection (i)). Actually, there is not a single provision in the Tennessee statute which even requires the state to delay the issuance of the permit while waiting on any federal agency to respond. Any representation by the administration that the issuance or renewals of permits might be delayed by the federal partial government shutdown is not supported - even remotely - by state law.
What Governor Haslam's statement does evidence is an unacceptable belief that Tennessee government and other state governments are somehow subordinate to the federal government and totally reliant on its existence not just for funds but apparently for matters such as the issuance of handgun permits to citizens. It is this type of philosophy and perception of the proper role between and among the citizens, the states and the federal government that is a cancer to our Republic, to state sovereignty and to the rights of citizens. It is critical that citizens understand this and that they be ever watchful for this diseased mental process to surface so that it can be corrected by citizen pressure and if not corrected swiftly that those so infected can be removed from the stewardship of government service as swiftly as possible.