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Tennessee gun battle spreads from Capitol Hill to City Hall

June 29th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Tennessean is reporting that a new handgun fight is brewing. The focus is not on City Hall.

Local governments and gun owner advocates are gearing up for a summer face-off over how far to take a new state law that allows guns in parks.

City councils across Tennessee, including Nashville and Hendersonville, are moving to reaffirm handguns bans in parks following passage of a state law. But others are mobilizing to block their efforts.

A state law signed earlier this month by Gov. Phil Bredesen has touched off the debate. The law is meant to let handgun permit holders carry their weapons into every park in the state, wiping out local policies governing handguns.

However, legislators included a provision that gives local governments the power to ban guns in some or all of their parks by passing a new ordinance.

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