'Guns In Parks' Bill Could Be Tabled Until Next Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A controversial bill that would strip cities of their ability to ban guns in parks could be dead for this year after the House Finance Subcommittee moved the "guns in parks" bill behind the state budget.
Because the state budget is usually the very last thing on lawmakers' calendars, a move like that usually means a bill has been shelved for the time being.
The bill has generated strong opposition from local leaders, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who said they should have the final say on whether or not guns should be allowed in their parks.
The proposal to strip local government control over whether to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed at parks, playgrounds and sports fields already cleared its first legislative hurdle in the House on March 5.
The companion bill passed the full Senate on a 26-7 vote in February.
The measure advanced despite the misgivings of Republican Governor Bill Haslam, who as Knoxville mayor in 2009 supported a city council vote that kept in place a ban on handguns in some of the city's parks.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)