Gibson Rally Info
This Saturday a rally will be held to support Gibson Guitar and Liberty Legal Foundation will be there. If you haven’t heard the story, in brief here is what happened:
Last month federal agents raided Gibson Guitar factories in Memphis and Nashville because they were unknowingly violating an obscure federal regulation. Under the pretense of being in violation of India’s wood export law, Federal officers entered the Gibson facilities with weapons drawn and seized property. To this date, no charges have been filed against Gibson. No proper notice was given. The Federal agents used much more force than necessary to accomplish any legitimate law enforcement goals. Obviously, Tennessee citizens are outraged.
What is even more frustrating is that all of this could have been prevented. Last session, Liberty Legal Foundation co-drafted and lobbied hard to get nullification bills introduced into the Tennessee Legislature. The first bill, SB620, would have set up a committee to review EVERY Federal law currently on the books and recommend nullification by the TN legislature of ALL Fed laws that violate the Constitution. The second bill, SB1108/HB0959, would have re-established that TN Sheriffs have ultimate authority over arrests in their county. It would have required Federal Agents to obtain written permission from the county sheriff before arresting anyone in his county, authorized the sheriff to arrest any agent not complying, and most importantly, would have repealed all current TN laws that authorize Fed agents to arrest without sheriff’s authorization.
Had these bills been passed, the Federal agents raiding Gibson would have had to go to the local Sheriff first for permission. The Sheriff would have seen that the Federal agents had no legal leg to stand on to support such a raid. If these bills had passed this travesty would not have occurred in the state of Tennessee. Unfortunately, both of our bills were killed in committee. We are working to have them re-introduced next January.
To show our collective outrage for this heavy handed treatment by Federal agents, a rally has been planned for this Saturday afternoon with speakers, music, and food. TEA Party, Constitutionalist, and Liberty groups from Tennessee and surrounding areas are sponsors. Citizens from the Southeast will be coming together not necessarily to support Gibson, but to protest this ridiculous abuse of power.
All the events details can be found at: http://www.gibsonrally.com.
If you can, please attend and show the Fed that we won’t tolerate overreaches of power any longer.
Co-Founder, Lead Counsel
LIBERTY LEGAL FOUNDATION