Some Tennessee lawmakers are speaking out against federal gun restrictions, and are vowing to protect the rights of gun owners.
The U.S. Senate is expected to have its first vote on new gun laws Thursday. The president has called for expanded background checks, bans on assault weapons, and bans on high capacity magazines.
The White House says President Obama called senators from both parties on Tuesday, pushing for the gun bill.
Senator Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains says he and other lawmakers are "pushing back" against that proposed bill. He says they're doing it by sponsoring several bills at the state level intended to oppose any effort made by the federal government to restrict gun rights.
"The states created the federal government. We're the parent, they're the child, and they're getting out of hand," said Sen. Niceley.
While Sen. Niceley agrees something has to be done to protect children from gun violence, his answer is not fewer, but more guns. He's sponsoring a bill that would allow Tennessee teachers to bring their guns to school.