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Mar 26 2023

A Maryville man was taken to the hospital Wednesday, March 22, after he accidentally shot himself at Gunny’s Firearms and Indoor Range, 2208 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville.

The above shooting happened around 4 pm. Maybe he was also the person who shot their weapon in a local Food City bathroom around 3:23 pm.

They call the gun range shooting accidental. Wouldn't it be negligent? Maybe there should be a law that anytime there is an accidental/negligent shooting the person's guns should be taken away and not returned until the person passes a police approved gun safety class.

All but one of 20 county commissioners at a commission workshop do not want the proposed Tennessee state law "that would allow courts and police officers to restrict guns from people deemed an extreme risk." "Under the bill, courts could be petitioned to issue an “extreme risk protection order” against an individual, prohibiting them from purchasing, possessing, or being in control of firearms or ammunition." "The petition can be filed by law enforcement officers or by those with a close relationship to the respondent, and must demonstrate evidence that the respondent poses a “significant risk” to themselves or others by possessing a firearm."

The Blount County resolution filed by Commissioners Steve Mikels and Nick Bright declares that commissioners “each took an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution and the laws which are not deemed unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution,

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I'm thinking the "insure domestic Tranquility, Promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty" parts should allow us to "restrict guns from people deemed an extreme risk where evidence can be demonstrated that the respondent poses a “significant risk” to themselves or others by possessing a firearm."

Many thanks to the sole county commissioner voting against this resolution. We appreciate your concern for our safety.

But, whatever. It is a sad state of affairs.

Oct 21 2016

A year ago, Governor Bill Haslam came to Alcoa to announce an ammo mfg company is coming to the area. They predicted the investment of $553M in the project and 605 jobs added to the area.

Maybe not. It would appear the company has been shut down at their current Arizona location.

It's a sad day in Blount County, Maryville, and Alcoa.

Oct 20 2015

Governor Bill Haslam visited Maryville in Blount County to announce the addition of an ammunitions company to the community. The company is expecting to invest $553M in the project and bring 605 jobs to the area.

The new facility is said to be located in Partnership Park North, which appears to be on Proffit Springs Road in Alcoa, which is off of Louisville Loop Road which is off of Louisville Road.

There does not appear to be any other businesses in Partnership Park North. It is surrounded by agriculture and residential land. It is less than a mile from the airport runways, but you would not know it by driving in the area.

The land is currently owned by the Industrial Development Board of Blount County. It looks like it was purchased for $2.3M in 1998. There either is or was a dairy farm on the property.

Feb 9 2013

A bunch of men, a few women and children got together in Blount County to proclaim their right to own and buy guns and ammunition. They also state they should have the right to carry weapons wherever they want even if someone else doesn't want to be near their guns and ammo.

I stopped by to check it out but kept my distance.

It's disappointing to me for the Blount County Mayor and Sheriff to be involved in this rally. I would prefer if they stayed away from supporting these types of activities. They are elected to represent and protect about 120,000 people. I wonder how many of the people attending this rally can vote in Blount County or bother to vote.

Aug 20 2009

The county mayor's attorney has interpreted the law, no need for Blount County Commission to take a vote. By default, Blount County opts out of allowing guns in parks because the cities of Alcoa and Maryville have already voted to opt-out.

Aug 11 2009

The City of Alcoa Board of Commissioners just voted unanimously to ban guns in city parks.

Jul 15 2009

The Cities of Alcoa and Maryville, and Blount County have yet to address the issue of the new law that allows individuals with handgun carry permits to carry handguns in our local parks.

If you want your local government to address this issue by opting out to not allow these individuals to carry handguns in your local parks, contact the members of your city council, city commission, or county commission and let them know.

The new law takes effect September 1, 2009. You will need to contact your local representative soon to get this issue on the agenda of the last city council/commission, county commission meeting.

City of Alcoa Board of Commissioners contact information.
City of Maryville City Council contact information.
Blount County Commission contact information.

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