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It's why he built his own when he left the service but he doesn't get why it's such a controversial gun.
"I just don't understand there would be a fear of this particular gun the way it looks," said Madachik.
There's a new effort in Tennessee to ensure people continue having access to guns like the AR-15.
State Representative Joe Carr filed a bill to make it a crime for Federal Agents to enforce any new bans on military style rifles or magazines.
"It's our intent to push back on the Federal Government's ever increasing encroachment not only over personal liberties but on our state sovereignty," said Carr. "Tennessee is not New York. We'll let Governor Cuomo speak for New York and let the citizens of Tennessee Speak to the Tennessee General Assembly with regards to whether this is a good idea."
Some Democrats already say it isn't.
Representative Sherry Jones scoffs at the idea local authorities could arrest Federal Agents for enforcing gun laws.
"I think it's an attempt to get some publicity," said Jones. "We can not say that we're gonna charge a Federal agency with a misdemeanor for enforcing the laws of the country."
Carr's bill still needs to pass the State Legislature and possibly legal challenges.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 01:50 PM CST
Documents detail charges against former official
May 22, 2013 12:36 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Knoxville say former Knox County Trustee Mike Lowe paid employees who never performed work.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/14wTIJO ) reported documents recently filed in Knox County Criminal Court allege Lowe and two former aides conducted a "continuous larcenous scheme" in which ghost employees were on the payroll.
Lowe, Delbert Morgan and Ray Mubarak face multiple theft charges.
A bill of particulars filed by the district attorney's office alleges Morgan bilked taxpayers out of nearly $197,000 by not showing up for work over four years.
The newspaper said Gregory P. Isaacs, Lowe's lawyer, and Tom Dillard, Mubarak's lawyer, declined comment Tuesday. Jeff Daniel, Morgan's attorney, could not be reached for comment.
In April 2012, when indictments were returned, Isaacs said Lowe strongly denied the allegations.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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