I say do an NFA trust and thumb your noses at these folks. Capricious refusal for a CLEO to sign BATFE paperwork is a perfect reason to go the trust route.
If the proposed Transferee is otherwise qualified under federal law, and it's legal to own NFA weapons in your state, and you have a law similar to that in Alaska,
their case is Doo-Doo. Exactly how is that "Shall sign" statute "Un-constitutional? LOL
THey are hoping you will get tired of this and give up.
You have yourself a sheriff and DA that hopes you won't press the issue. How about contacting your state legislators ? Particularly the one that initially sponsored the bill in TN that made CLEO signatures SHALL issue (if qualified).
Your TN state Attorney general is supposed to enforce state Statutes. Send him a polite, well worded letter or E-mail explaining the situation, asking him to do so.
THe whole point here is that your state law Preempts local law. AS long as you are qualified under state and federal law, your sheriff HAS to sign your paperwork. THe fact that he doesn't believe in Civilians owning NFA items, or thinks you are a "Jackwad", of flat out doesn't like you, has no bearing. Obviously that really pisses off the Good 'Ol Boy Sheriff and the local DA.
YOu might contact you state Firearms association or Machine Gun (NFA) association. THey WILL have the manpower and finances to help. I would track down any of the NRA's Board of directors that may be from TN as well and make them aware of your issues
THis is a matter of principal and Law. PLease don't give up!
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