January 29, 2009
Yager opposes gun control legislation
(NASHVILLE, TN), January 29, 2009 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today he is “adamantly opposed” to gun control legislation that would encode ammunition with the purchaser’s name, birth date, and drivers license number. Yager claims the efforts are designed to chip away at the second amendment rights of citizens to bear arms by attacking it from the ammunition side, rather than the firearm, side of the issue.
“I am adamantly opposed to this form of gun control legislation,” said Senator Yager, who is an attorney and assistant professor of history and law. “Our Constitution states that the right to keep and bear arms shall ‘not be infringed,’ yet we continue to see attacks to get around it like this proposal. In order for a firearm to work, it needs ammunition and Tennessee citizens should not be restricted from gaining access to it if used for lawful purposes.”
The legislation is part of a national crusade known as the “Ammunition Accountability Act” which has been adopted by New York, Pennsylvania and 16 other states. The proposal mandates the engraving of a unique serial number on the base of each handgun and “assault weapon” bullet, and an identical number on the cartridge’s case.
The bill was first introduced in Tennessee in the 105th General Assembly. It is expected to resurface this year.
“I, like many citizens in our senatorial district, hold our second amendment rights dear,” Yager continued. “I will work to defeat this legislation.”