In what some Mt. Juliet city commissioners said was a "statement" to others that the city does not support the Federal government "infringing on our rights," they passed a "2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance" Monday night.
Vice Mayor James Maness was the sponsor of the ordinance that passed 4-0-1, with District 1 Commissioner Ray Justice abstaining because he felt "nervous" about it.
After the meeting, Maness said the decision to present the resolution came after he researched the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recent announcement to propose the inclusion of M855 in its long-standing ban on armor piercing ammunition. The M855 is commonly known as "green tip ammo." Maness said about 80 percent of ammunition used are "green tips."
"The 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance bans city employees and city resources from providing material support to the enforcement of federal acts on firearms, accessories and ammunition," said Maness. "It protects the right to keep and bear arms from federal infringement."
Maness said, "The Federal government continues to infringe upon our rights, when does it stop? At least two other counties passed this."
He said those counties are Madison and Dyer. This is a city resolution, however. He noted Sen. Mae Beavers carried a similarly-worded resolution to the state senate at one point, but it did not pass.
"What I used (writing the ordinance) was a boiler plate of what other city and states are using," Maness said.
Part of the resolution asks Mt. Juliet to call "upon other local jurisdictions within the State of Tennessee to join us in this by passing a similar ordinance."
It further states, "The city of Mt. Juliet requests that copies of this ordinance be immediately transmitted to each individual legislator that represents our district in State Government urging each to introduce similar legislation on a state level during the next legislative session."
Justice had reservations about the ordinance.
"The wording sounds like we won't listen to anything the government has to say," he said. "It sounds like a 'fringe' thing and that makes me kind of nervous... not everyone is quite 'out there.'"
Mayor Ed Hagerty told him, "'out there' are those infringing on our rights."
Commissioner Brian Abston said he considered the resolution as the city "sending a message to the Federal government."
"I think most in the Federal government are nuts," quipped Justice. "...I'm not arguing this concept. Maybe we need a petition and on election day vote them out. This makes me nervous."
Commissioners consider two projects with 677 new homes
In other city business, commissioners passed on first reading Baird Farms, a 250-home subdivision on 86 acres between South Rutland Road and Providence Trail. They've discussed the CPS Land project for months, and they tweaked it yet again Monday night whereby a planned subdivision road was turned into a cul-de-sac and "no future roads go out of the property except at South Rutland Road and Providence Trail."
Last month commissioners approved on first reading Beckwith Farms, another large subdivision with an eventual 427 homes on 158 acres in south Mt. Juliet. Its second reading was deferred one meeting Monday night. Plans for a third proposed subdivision near the same area will go before commissioners in April.
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