Cities Want Final Say On Allowing Guns In Parks

(Bartlett) It’s where we all head on these beautiful spring days to let the dogs run and the kids play.

It’s as public as you can get, but is it a place where you should be able to bring guns?

“I just don’t want them in the park there’s no reason for them to be in the park there’s too many children around,” said one park goer.

Lawmakers in Nashville are pushing through a bill which would take away a city’s right to decide if guns are illegal in parks, all over the state.

The state wants to make them OK no matter what.

“If 99 percent of the people in Memphis say we don’t want it, the 1 percent still have control,” said Mayor A C Wharton.

Wharton and a group of mayors across the state wrote a letter opposed to the legislation.

Wharton, who’s a gun owner himself, says hunting’s illegal in Memphis, so why would you need a gun in a park?

We spent several hours in parks and even a firing range and only found one person willing to go on camera who thought guns in parks were OK.

“I think most people who have the carry permit are going to be rational, so I’m not opposed to it at all,” said the law’s supporter.

State lawmakers gave approval for guns in all parks in February.

A money problem sidelined it, however, and  most people out here hope it stays that way.


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