Tennessee lawmaker tries to sell gun at downtown lemonade stand

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – House Democratic Caucus Leader Mike Stewart set up a lemonade stand on a corner of Tennessee’s Capitol Hill early Wednesday that featured a newly purchased assault rifle to show how easy it is to buy a gun.

But a few hours later, his bill to try and change that did not sway Republican colleagues.

The lawmaker said he brought the knock-off AK-47 assault rifle in a parking lot after finding a seller on the Internet. There were no takers for the gun, the lemonade, or some cookies that were also for sale at the stand.

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Under the sign for the weapon were the words, in parentheses, “No background check.”

Early Wednesday afternoon before a House subcommittee, Rep. Stewart presented his bill HB1319, which restricts the sale or transfer of weapons to a federally licensed gun dealer where a background check is required.

House Republican colleagues listened for several minutes to Stewart but did not debate the issue before defeating the bill with a voice vote.

Stewart said his bill “will pass one day.”

He cited various polls that have indicated a majority of Tennesseans support background checks.