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Haslam no fan of guns-in-parks bill

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NASHVILLE (Times Free Press) -

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still no fan of a fast-moving effort by fellow Republicans in the Legislature to strip local governments of their ability to ban guns from local parks.

The governor, a former Knoxville mayor, said last week the issue boils down to property rights and the Second Amendment.

"City councils and county commissions have said, 'OK, our taxpayers have paid for that park,' and their elected representatives, I think, should get to decide what happens in the parks," the governor said.

"It's not a Second Amendment right," he said. "It's the same right anybody should have with a property they control."

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