Tennessee lawmakers are working to strip local governments of the power to ban guns in their parks.
A House subcommittee has given initial approval to House Bill 995, which would let people with handgun permits take their weapons into any park in Tennessee. The measure would overturn a 2009 law that opened state parks to guns but let local governments close their parks if they so chose.
Rep. Mike Harrison (R-Rogersville) says Tennessee should be consistent about where people can carry guns, especially as the National Rifle Association prepares to hold its annual convention next month in Nashville.
“We’ve got 80,000 people coming in here. They need to see the whole city.”
Gov. Bill Haslam has raised concerns about the legislation. As mayor of Knoxville before he became governor, Haslam opposed forcing local governments to open their parks to guns.