FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The city of Franklin is the latest Mid-State city to opt out of a new state law allowing handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into state and local parks.
The Franklin City Council voted 6-2 to keep the current ban on handguns in public and historic parks, nature trails, greenways and waterways in place.
Supporters of the new law, which goes into effect September 1, say carrying a gun is a Second Amendment right.
Opponents worry about safety concerns.
Franklin resident Corianne Green told News 2, "There are kids all around and if something broke out, the kids could get hurt, not just the person they're trying to hurt, but anybody."
"My dad has a carry permit but why don't you leave it in your truck? Why do you have to carry it with you?" asked Franklin resident Morgan England. "Leave it in your truck or your car so your kids can't get to it."
Brentwood, Williamson County, Murfreesboro and Clarksville have also opted out of the new law.
In Mt. Juliet Monday night, commissioners voted to allow handguns in parks.
The city of Columbia has also chosen to not opt out of the new law.