The Tennessee lawmaker who proposed a ban on the enforcement of any new gun control legislation was absent for a vote on an important gun control bill last week, opting instead to attend a fundraiser for his possible congressional bid.

In January, shortly after President Barack Obama signed a series of 23 executive actions as part of a push to increase limits on guns in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr put forward legislation that would make it a misdemeanor crime to enforce any new federal gun control laws in Tennessee.

But according to the Nashville City Paper, the Tennessee Republican was not present when the state legislature voted last week on a major gun related measure, which would permit persons with handgun carry permits to leave their gun in the locked trunk of their car while the car is parked in a parking lot.