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AƩempts made to inspect records of poliƟcal opponents
Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Charitable SolicitaƟons Division is aƩempƟng to reclassify poliƟcal
advocacy organizaƟons as "chariƟes" which would allow increased oversight into the operaƟons of
these organizaƟons. It might also might be a pretext to obtain increased oversight and perhaps
even for the basis to claim the authority to inspect the books of organizaƟons criƟcal of Governor
Haslam and the state legislature. The Tennessee Charitable SolicitaƟons Divisions issued a speciﬁc
wriƩen demand in July that the Tennessee Firearms AssociaƟon register as a "charity" even though
the TFA does not act as a charity nor is it recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity by the IRS.
"This is nothing more than a thinly veiled aƩempt to muzzle poliƟcal opposiƟon." pointed out John
Harris, ExecuƟve Director of the Tennessee Firearms AssociaƟon. "If they can do this to the TFA,
then they can do it to any other grassroots group. Who will be next?"
In a tacƟc similar to the recent federal IRS aƩacks on tea party groups, the Charitable SolicitaƟons
Division arbitrarily set a deadline of August 1 for the TFA to register as a "charity." The Ɵming of this
is in line with the primary elecƟon cycle where the TFA and the aﬃliated TFA LegislaƟve AcƟon
CommiƩee played heavily in mulƟple state legislaƟve elecƟons.
"This is clearly a case of poliƟcal retribuƟon for targeƟng establishment poliƟcians in the recent
elecƟon cycle" Harris conƟnued.
The Tennessee Firearms AssociaƟon is a 501(c)4 organizaƟon under federal regulaƟons and is not
classiﬁed as a charitable organizaƟon by the IRS.
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