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Spirited gun control debate makes its way to Shelby County

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(WMC-TV) - The national gun control debate made its way to Shelby County Monday in a resolution to block federal gun control from influencing local laws. During the Shelby County Commission meeting, the body voted down a resolution to block federal gun control in the county – but not without a spirited debate.

The sponsor of the resolution, Commissioner Terry Roland, said the original goal of the 2nd Amendment was to protect citizens from tyranny.

"I'm going to be honest with you. If I come to Memphis, Tennessee, I'm packing heat," said Roland.

Opponents of the resolution argue the debate is a waste of taxpayers' time because it would not impact the law. Opponents said the Feds are not trying to take away guns.

"It would be comical, if it wasn't so serious. Here we are trying to do everything we can to make a mockery of what the president is doing," said Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey.

Roland said the resolution would go to the Tennessee Legislature to let them know how the people of Shelby County do not want the federal government to interfere in their right to bear arms.

"As a woman, it makes me feel better to be able to defend my home and my family," said Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer.

The resolution failed with six who said "no" and five who said "yes".

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