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UPDATE: Bill to allow handguns in parks signed by Governor Haslam

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NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) - Tennessee Govenor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 995 into law Friday.  House Bill 995 is legislation that allows handgun-carry permit holders to go armed in local parks in Tennessee despite the objections of local governments.



The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday to allow handgun-carry permit holders to go armed in local parks in Tennessee despite the objections of local governments.

The Senate approved the bill 26-7 but also added an amendment to allow permit holders to carry guns into the State Capitol, Legislative Plaza and War Memorial Building, where legislative offices and hearing rooms are housed and where guns are currently banned. Security checkpoints and metal detectors at those buildings frequently create long lines for admission.

The bill won House approval Monday but the amendment forces the bill to return there for either approval or rejection of the amendment.

If the bill wins final legislative approval, it goes to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has expressed reservations about allowing guns in parks and greenways that border schools but has not said whether he will sign it into law or veto it.

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The bill removes provisions in state law that allow city councils, boards of aldermen and county commissions to ban guns — including those carried by permit holders — from city and county parks under their control.

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