Here are a few questions I have sent to the AGs office on the gun permit fees.
Dear General Cooper:
I am writing to request an opinion from your office.
Recently the eastern section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals released an opinion that struck down as unconstitutional a Maryville ordinance that made it "unlawful for any club, organization or similar group to hold any meeting, parade, demonstration or exhibition on public streets without some responsible representative first securing a permit".
They also struck down a minimal fine for not having a permit for this constitutional right.
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In examining the First Amendment, the Court held "There is no economic sliding scale for the right to engage in constitutionally protected activities."
Unless this decision is overturned and since the Second Amendment (The right to bear arms) is widely recognized in the same regard as the first, can the State of Tennessee impose similar economic restrictions on such right as the ones that were struck down? Could the state requirement that a person purchase a gun carry permit, regardless of their income, be a similar impermissible burden on the Second Amendment? Can the State impose a fee for exercising one's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms? Can they impose a fine for those failing to obtain a permit for that constitutional freedom?
Restrictions on constitutional rights should be viewed with a keen eye. Indigent persons may be prohibited from exercising their constitutional rights due to such financial requirements. Are financial restrictions in current law constitutionally suspect?
Sen. Stacey Campfield