Boar Down!

Herschel Smith · 30 Oct 2022 · 9 Comments

Readers may have noticed I was absent the last several days.  It was a good time away.  A very good buddy and neighbor of mine, Robert, and I went hunting courtesy of the fine folks with Williams Hunting in South Carolina. I was shooting a 6mm ARC rifle with a Grendel Hunter upper, Aero Precision lower, Amend2 magazines, Brownells scope mount, Radian Raptor charging handle, Nikon Black scope, and a Viking Tactics sling.  I have no complaints about the gun.  It's at least a 1 MOA gun…… [read more]

Tennessee does not have REAL constitutional carry.

BY PGF
3 months ago

Source:

We are in early voting in Tennessee and there are lots of individuals running for governor and the state Legislature.  Many of them, including incumbents, are claiming that a) they are 2nd Amendment supporters and b) that they voted for “constitutional carry”.

Before you vote, know the truth.  The truth is Tennessee has NEVER had real constitutional carry in the last 200+ years and it does not today.

REAL “constitutional carry” means that it is not a crime to carry a firearm for a lawful purpose, such as self-defense.  Nor is it a crime to carry a firearm in most places – including public places – unless the place falls into a very narrow and limited exception.

Tennessee’s laws fail that standard.

First, Tennessee has Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1307(a)(1) which says “A person commits an offense who carries, with the intent to go armed, a firearm or a club.”   That means it is a crime to carry any firearm in Tennessee “with the intent to go armed”.   That law is broad that it is even a crime to carry a firearm with the intent to go armed on your own property, in your own home, or even with a permit.  That is a true statement because Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1308 makes each of those factors “defenses” to the criminal charge.   When something is a “defense” or an “exception” to a criminal charge, the burden is on the citizen to prove to a law enforcement officer or a jury that the individual’s conduct satisfied the elements of the defense.

Now, many police officers would not arrest or charge someone if they clearly could demonstrate the existence of facts supporting the defense – but the officer has the discretion to do so.

Even the 2021 “permitless carry” law, which many have erroneously referred to as constitutional carry” has at least 7 elements or conditions to its application.  Further, it is also written as an “exception” which means that the burden is on the individual to prove that the individual satisfies all of those conditions.

Second, Tennessee also fails the REAL “constitutional carry” standard because of part of what Bill Lee offered and the Legislature passed in 2021 in his “permitless carry” law.   As part of the 2021 law, they added Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1307(g) which is the operative language of the permitless carry law.   However, it does not apply to everyone who can lawfully purchase or possess a firearm.  It only applies to handguns.  It only applies to individuals who can meet the other qualifications under that subsection – such as the age limit qualification and/or the provision that requires that the individual “is in a place where the person is lawfully present.”

Third,  Tennessee fails the REAL “constitutional carry” standard because of another part of what Bill Lee offered and the Legislature passed in 2021 in his “permitless carry” law.   As part of the 2021 law, they added Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1307(h).  At least three subparts of (h) make it a crime for people who can otherwise legally purchase or possess firearms to carry those firearms “with the intent to go armed.”

Fourth, Tennessee fails REAL “constitutional carry” because it has many “prohibited places” statutes that make in crimes to possess firearms in some specific places (e.g., schools or public parks) but also any other place that might be “posted”.   The problem is that the 2nd Amendment never contemplated that these areas would be subject to government regulation.  In fact, the United States Supreme Court just ruled to that effect in June 2022 when it decided the case of New York Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.  The Supreme Court essentially said if the right to carry or the manner or place of carry was not regulated by a law in 1791 (or in some instances in 1876) then it probably can’t be regulated constitutionally today.

REAL constitutional carry means that it is simply not a crime for someone who can lawfully possess a firearm to carry it for any lawful purpose – including self-defense.   REAL constitutional carry means that unconstitutional geographic and other restrictions on what, when and where you can carry a firearm do not exist.

So, be prepared when these elected officials and candidates start talking about Tennessee and whether it had constitutional carry.  If they can’t get that right, do they need to be in public office to protect your other rights?
Via WoG

Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) Site Coordinator

BY PGF
3 months, 3 weeks ago

NGO doing Red Flag dirty work for police in East TN. Does anybody want to venture a guess as to how many civil rights violations are in their “record storage?” If a man is assaulting women and if he’s that big of a danger to others, why isn’t he in jail?

Full Job Description

Position Title: Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) Site Coordinator

Supervisor: Chief Program Officer

Job Type: Full-Time (37.5 hours weekly), Salary

Overview:

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women in East Tennessee. We live this mission every day in six counties, bringing lifesaving and life-changing services and transforming our communities. Our values, rooted in an intersectional mission of antiracism, promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA leads initiatives for women who would otherwise be homeless, survivors of domestic violence, families, and young people across the region. Our dynamic workplace promotes excellence and balance and places high value on innovation, collaboration, and growth. Join us!

The FTAP Site Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, coordination, and operation of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project through the Office on Violence Against Women. The coordinator will facilitate communication, collaboration, and cooperation among project partners serving on the multi-disciplinary team. The coordinator will work closely with national technical assistants to research and implement best practices for court-ordered firearms dispossession to increase victim and community safety. The preferred candidate will have experience working cooperatively with diverse groups of partners and have strong organizational and leadership skills.

The Duties and Responsibilities of this position are to:

  • Using knowledge of YWCA programs and policies, promotes YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley’s Mission Statement in the community and interacts with other YWCA personnel, volunteers, and staff to meet the goals of the program. Participates in YWCA activities as required.
  • Recruits, develops, and maintains positive relationships with community partners. Ensures successful execution of programming in alignment with program design.
  • Organizes meetings and discussions among project partners. Keeps required documentation of meetings for grant reporting.
  • Researches best practices and works closely with TA team to examine other firearm dispossession programs to determine implementation strategies for Knox County.
  • Develops or participates in data collection, meeting documents, and information sharing among project partners.
  • Leads the multi-disciplinary team and provides updates and progress on project goals with partners.
  • Oversees MOU requirements and seeks out additional potential project partners for implementation.
  • Attends all required TA and FTAP cohort meetings and provides status updates regarding project challenges and successes for each goal, objective, and activity proposed in the project application.
  • Nurtures existing relationships and cultivates new partnerships within the community including external stakeholders such as judges, court personnel, public and private organizations, faith-based communities, educational institutions, and individuals to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Assesses program success and makes recommendations for implementation strategies.
  • Attends scheduled staff and agency wide meetings and weekly supervision with direct supervisor.
  • Assists the Chief Program Officer in special projects as requested and understands flexibility is a key component of the position.
  • Assures that confidentiality is maintained regarding all client information and agency proprietary information, including but not limited to record storage, organization, and maintenance in compliance with VAWA, HIPAA, and other confidentiality policies, laws, and requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Pay Information: $45,000/year

Schedule:

  • 37.5 hours weekly
  • Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, 30-minute unpaid break during shift

Work Location:

  • 420 W Clinch Ave Knoxville, TN 37902

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan
  • Paid time off, including holidays, sick leave, mental health days, and vacation time

Preferred qualifications:

  • Passion about working in an organization that values and promotes antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Embraces and actively promotes an inclusive and equitable work environment for all.
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent judgment, and the ability to work without close supervision.
  • Minimum education for this position is a bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, or a related field of study.
  • Experience leading grant-funded projects and working with partners within the criminal justice system.
  • Excellent research and organizational skills.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Understanding of current firearm dispossession procedures and the importance of updating procedures and collaboration among service providers and criminal justice personnel.
  • Requires skills and life experiences that indicate sensitivity to domestic and sexual violence and individuals with significant barriers.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule.
  • Requires possession of organizational, numerical, communication, computer, interpersonal, leadership, and supervisory skills.

YWCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and United Way Community Partner. In line with our mission, YWCA is a safe and welcoming environment for clients, partners, and employees. We actively pursue diversity in our team members and are committed to personal and professional growth in areas of racial and social justice, including racial equity, justice, and healing; gender identity and sexual orientation; religion; immigration; and intersectionality. Women, historically excluded populations, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: please provide a resume (including references), a cover letter, and a completed YWCA application form (available at www.ywcaknox.com) delivered in person, or via US or other mail service, or by email to:
HR Department

YWCA Knoxville

420 West Clinch Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37902

Email: sschilling@ywcaknox.com


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