On May 1, 2023, James Hammond, former sheriff for Hamilton County, Tennessee, and the Tennessee Firearms Association, in cooperation with Judicial Watch, filed a lawsuit in the Chancery Court of Tennessee, Davidson County, against the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (“Metro”). ( A copy of the lawsuit is on the TFA’s news post)
In the lawsuit, the parties ask for a court order to force Metro to turn over certain records as specified in the Petition related to the Covenant School shooting that occurred in March 2023.
In the two open records requests submitted by the Tennessee Firearms Association, TFA sought all records concerning the shooter’s “manifesto”. TFA also sought disclosure of “all email communications of MNPD officials regarding the mass shooting committed by Audrey Elizabeth Hale on March 27, 2023, as well as MNPD officials’ text messages regarding the same, and copies of the ‘manifesto’ reported left by Audrey Elizabeth Hale in her vehicle.”