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Nashville looks to keep guns out of parks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Council members are moving forward with an ordinance that will keep guns out of Nashville parks.

State lawmakers earlier this year passed a bill that allows permitted gun owners to carry their guns into state parks.

Metro Council members are now looking to override the law and keep a ban on guns in city parks in place.

While opponents argue parks are supposed to be peaceful places, where park-goers shouldn't have to worry who has a gun and who doesn't, supporters of the new law argue permitted gun owners should be able to protect themselves should they need to.

Edwin and Alicia Brasswell told News 2 they're disappointed council members are looking to override the new state law.

"People should be able to protect themselves," Alicia Brasswell told News 2.

"If a person pulls out a gun on me, I should be able to defend myself," added Edwin Brasswell.

Councilman Duane Dominy is one of only eight Metro Council members who disagree with the override attempt.

"My general position is in support of the second amendment," he told News 2.

"The state passed the law that matches 37 other states, or similar to those states," Dominy continued.  "My concern with that is any government that has the ability to take away one right and avoid one amendment has the ability to do so with any other amendment they choose."

Others said while they have problems with the ‘Guns in Bars' bill, also voted into law this year, they have no problem with permitted gun owners carrying their guns in parks.

"That involves alcohol and different things but a park...," said Alicia Brasswell.  "You need to protect yourself somehow."

"I feel some of the laws are protecting more the criminals then the people that are out here, that are actually trying to do right," said Edwin Brasswell.

"It's not like we're going to all of a sudden see people walking around like the Wild West," added Dominy.

The council has more than enough votes to keep guns out of Nashville's parks and they also have the support of Mayor Karl Dean.

The ordinance has two more readings before the Metro Council before it passes.

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