Metro Council takes 2nd vote on 'guns in parks' - WKRN News 2

Metro Council takes 2nd vote on 'guns in parks'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Council members voted Thursday night 20-14 to opt out of the state's so-called 'guns in parks' law.

The law, which goes into effect in September, allows handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into state parks.

Thursday's vote is the second of three required for the city to opt out and was not without debate of the consequences of banning guns.

Although the city has had a ban on the books for years, those opposed to opting out say going against the state's law is trampling on the rights gun permit holders.

"We are not going to stop someone from carrying a gun except for the law abiding citizens they will not be able to defend themselves," said Metro Council member Duane Dominy.

Others say the city is just fine staying with the status quo.

Council member Jerry Maynard, sponsor of the opt-out measure, said, "I am asking that this council will vote to opt out of the state law and to continue to affirm out current ban on weapons and guns in our parks."

Nashville is the last of Tennessee's larger cities to tackle the guns in parks issue, but its part of a growing number of cities that are choosing to keep guns out of their parks.

In the Mid-State, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Goodlettsville, Franklin, Brentwood and Williamson County have already decided to opt out of the state law.

Mt. Juliet and Columbia have chosen not to opt out of the law.

Tennessee cities and counties have the option of banning guns in parks up until September 1, which is when the state law goes into effect.

Metro Council members will have to vote a final time in order to opt of the state law.

The next council meeting is August 18.

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