10.28.17

Advisory: Local official available on Tennessee rallies and gun violence laws

Reporters/Editors —

Right now, white supremacists are holding rallies in the Tennessee towns of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville — just as they did in Charlottesville, VA in August.

Recently, Tennessee state lawmakers passed a preemption law stopping local officials from banning weapons in potentially violent marches like these — just like in Charlottesville.

Murfreesboro and Shelbyville have established gun-free “safe zones” at today’s rallies, but cannot prevent firearms elsewhere — and may face lawsuits for doing so.

Alderman Frankie Dakin of the Millington, TN Board of Aldermen is available for interviews on why Tennessee legislators are trying to block cities from keeping guns out of rallies like today’s.

Earlier today, Alderman Dakin was published in the Memphis daily newspaper on this topic:

“Earlier this year, our legislature passed a law preventing local government from regulating firearms in any way. Once again, this isn’t about guns. This is about the right to public safety. Under state and federal civil disorder laws, Tennessee cities should be able to prevent similar armed protesters from holding our streets hostage. Instead, cities now have to worry about preemption laws that void or overrule local laws. They also allow powerful corporate interests to sue cities, passing the burden of costly litigation to taxpayers.”

Also available for interviews is Michael Alfano, campaign manager for the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions. As seen in The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, NBC News, and Slate, the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions is a national coalition of elected officials, organizations, and individuals from 43 states, fighting against state preemption of local communities.

To arrange interviews, call 352-219-6029 or email franco@catecomm.com.