Metro Council votes 22 -18 to give gun ban final approval
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After weeks of debating, Metro Council members decided that guns should stay out of city parks and greenways.
Tuesday night, the Metro Council passed a ban on carrying firearms in city parks by a vote of 22-18.
The state law allowing carry permit holders to bring their firearms into parks goes into effect on September 1, but not in Metro Nashville.
Critics of the ban mention 2nd Amendment rights and concerns over how the limited amount of park police will enforce the ban in more than 100 parks, with over 10,000 acres.
Bill Sponsor Jerry Maynard disagrees and said, "It's a reasonable ban that's not unconstitutional, that does not infringe on your 2nd Amendment rights, that you can not bring a gun into our Metro courthouses, our airports, our schools or our parks. "
He said, "Less than 1% of all crimes occur in our parks. Our parks are safe."
Supporters of the ban agree that parks are safer without guns.
Coucilmember Kristin LaLonde said, "I think it's perfectly reasonable for us to say that our Metro parks, more than 50 of which are within a half mile of our elementary schools, can be said to constitute a sensitive place. "
Metro Nashville joins a host of other local governments across the Mid-state that have voted to keep guns out of their parks, including Brentwood, Franklin, Mufreesboro, Goodlettsville and Williamson County.