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Opposition to guns in parks bill comes from gun-rights group

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The gun bill winding its way through the Tennessee legislature could create what the Tennessee Firearms Association calls a ‘felony trap' and make the law almost unenforceable in its current writing.

The bill currently has language that allows individuals with Tennessee weapon carry permits to do to in the state's park.

But if schools or school groups are visiting the same park at the same time, the person could be arrested and charged with a Class E felony.

School grounds are defined as "any property used by a school," which could include parks or other recreation areas within the state.

The TFA has suggested an amendment to the House bill would override the current definition of school grounds, allowing the guns-in-parks bill to take precedence over the existing law.

"This felony trap contained in the Senate bill can send you to jail and even cost you your job" John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association and also a practicing attorney.

Harris calls for the bill "to be corrected prior to final passage of the House version".

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