Allowing guns in parks will keep Fairview students out
FAIRVIEW, Tenn. - A decision to not opt out of the state's so-called "Guns in Parks" law could keep Williamson County school students from visiting one of the area's most popular parks.
School officials will notify Fairview Middle School that its cross country team can no longer practice in Bowie Nature Park effective next week.
The state's controversial "Guns in Parks" law, which allows handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into city, county or state parks, takes effect next Tuesday, September 1.
Municipalities and other local government bodies have until then to "opt out" of the law, meaning a gun ban in those parks would continue.
In Fairview, where Bowie Nature Park is located, officials have not taken up the issue.
It was on the city council agenda August 20 but Mayor Ken Bryson said no one forwarded the motion to bring it to the table.
The mayor said Friday morning he understood there was more interest in taking up issue before the law takes effect.
To do that, the city would have to call a special meeting for Monday night.
According to an attorney for the Williamson County School Board, the Bowie Nature Park and parks in Spring Hill are the only parks in question. Williamson County, Brentwood and Franklin all opted out of the new law and will not allow guns in any of their parks.