Right to Own and Bear Arms with John Harris, President of the Tennessee Firearms Association

"Don’t ever make the mistake we made. Never give up your guns. If you look at what is happening here, it could never have happened if we had not given up our guns."
~ An Australian Solari Report subscriber to Catherine, 2021

By Catherine Austin Fitts

I am often asked, “What are the actions that are important for me to take?” Here is an essential area for your consideration in 2021.

The political pressure to challenge our inalienable right to own and bear arms has been growing for decades. In the United States, much of the legislation that attempts to compromise this right is debated and passed at the state level. With the Republicans losing a Senate majority in the U.S. 2020 elections, the battleground at the state level will grow in power and importance.

My next interview is with an expert on this matter, John Harris, an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, who practices in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and serves as the President of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). TFA has made a major contribution to Tennessee’s leadership protecting its citizens’ rights to own and bear arms.

In his practice, Mr. Harris covers most areas of civil law, representing both businesses and individuals. He also focuses on more unique areas, such as cases involving firearms and explosives laws, where he handles matters related to Second Amendment rights; the operation and use of firing ranges; statutory and regulatory matters involving firearms and explosives licensees regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; proceedings challenging governmental license revocation; as well as proceedings to restore civil rights.

John and I will discuss how the state of Tennessee has respected the inalienable right to keep and bear arms. We discuss the U.S. and state constitutional framework around this issue, as well as a landmark 2008 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller case. We will then look at our current situation, as well as potential actions to take to support TFA and similar groups in your state, and the best national associations working to support your rights and the Second Amendment.

For Let’s Go to the Movies and for more background on this critical issue, I recommend Molon Labe: How the Second Amendment Guarantees a Free State.

In Money & Markets this week, I will discuss the latest events in finance and politics. E-mail your questions for Ask Catherine or post at the Money & Markets commentary for the second week of March here.

Talk to you Thursday!

Related Links:

Constitution 101 Podcasts (recommended)

Enforce the Constitution

Past Solari interview with Harry Blazer on Enforcing the Constitution and Gun Ownership.

Serious statistics and analysis of the impact of gun ownership and related governmental policies.

The District of Columbia v. Heller case (Wikipedia)

Mr. Harris’ website: Mr. Harris maintains his primary office in downtown Nashville. He may be reached by phone at (615) 244-6670 or by email at jharris@harrislawoffice.com