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TN Senate passes bill allowing guns in parks

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NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) -

The state Senate on Thursday approved on a 26-7 vote legislation that would allow handgun permit holders to take their weapons into city and county parks where they have previously been prohibited.

The bill (SB1496) revises a 2009 law that allowed guns in state parks, but left decisions on local parks up to each city or county.

Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, sponsor of the measure, said the 2009 law violates a provision of the state constitution declaring that the state – not local governments – shall regulate the "wearing of arms" and that it has created a "patchwork of laws" rather than the uniform statewide policy that should prevail.

In Knoxville, Campfield said the gun prohibitions can change with a step because park "greenways" cross the city-county border and different rules apply in the city than in the county.

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