Lamar Alexander joins effort to change law after Gibson raid

Lamar Alexander joins effort to change law after Gibson raid (Image 1)

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is joining the effort to change the law after the controversial raid on Nashville's Gibson Guitars last year.

On Thursday Nashville's News 2 spoke with the senator regarding his efforts.

“I don't want musicians from Nashville flying into England or going to play in Canada this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitar because the wood it's made of may be from another country and may be under a new law [be] illegal,” he explained.

Originally Senator Alexander was one of the sponsors of an amendment to the Lacey Act in 2008 which banned the use of protective wood.

Alexander added he is currently working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and he hopes to exempt guitars owned before 2008 from the ban.

Previous Stories:

  • Dec. 12, 2012: Court hearing over seized Gibson wood delayed
  • Nov. 21, 2011: Gibson selling first guitars with substitute wood
  • Oct. 5, 2011: Feds confirm Gibson criminal probe, local support rally planned
  • Sept. 29, 2011: Feds continue to target Gibson
  • Aug. 25, 2011: Gibson CEO says wood is properly imported
  • Aug. 24, 2011: Feds raid Gibson Guitar Corp. in Nashville
  • Nov. 17, 2009: Gibson under federal investigation
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