Steven Hale examines how the line on guns was drawn in the legislature this year:
The Tennessee Firearms Association, perhaps the most prominent gun-rights organization in the state, and its executive director John Harris were a consistently boisterous voice throughout the session. In frequent press releases, Harris lobbed rhetorical grenades at GOP leadership, at one point calling them an “axis of evil” and accusing them of appeasing “the Golden Goose of corporate money.”
Increasingly irritated lawmakers eventually cut Harris and the TFA out of negotiations. House Speaker Beth Harwell said at the time that as far as she knew, the National Rifle Association spoke for Second Amendment rights in the state, and that Republicans were in ongoing discussions with them.