Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons In Parks, Playgrounds

Nashville (AP) -- Law enforcement and parks officials say there's no need for Tennessee to allow people to carry concealed guns into state and local parks.

Supporters of a bill to allow just that say law-abiding citizens should be allowed to carry guns anywhere they want.

The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. It would eliminate the part of the state law that prohibits concealed weapon permit carriers to have guns in public recreation areas, such as parks, playgrounds or civic centers.

The legislation was one of several concealed weapon bills considered by lawmakers this session.

The companion bill has been awaiting discussion in the Senate Judiciary Committee since February.

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  • by Howard Location: Oak Ridge on May 10, 2007 at 05:40 AM
    If you have a legal permit to carry a handgun, you should be allowed to carry the gun anywhere. Criminals don't observe laws regarding where they can carry a handgun.
  • by Jack Rouse Location: Knoxville on May 9, 2007 at 11:44 PM
    Law enforcement officers simply cannot be present at all locations in state parks and large recreation areas. Law abiding citizens should have the means to protect themselves and their families.

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