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Franklin Alderman Wants Guns Allowed In City Buildings

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By Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A middle Tennessee alderman wants to allow gun carry permit holders to bring guns into government buildings.

Franklin Alderman Dana McLendon says he's planning to introduce an ordinance change that would allow guns into buildings like Franklin's city hall.

He says allowing responsible people with gun carry permits to enter city buildings with their weapons is a smart move because they can respond quicker to acts of violence.

"If I have to cast a vote in a controversial issue that causes someone to become irrational and commit acts of violence in the board room, I for one want to be able to do something about it," McLendon said.

But Franklin's Mayor, Ken Moore, says the city already has sufficient security plans in place, like having an armed officer at board meetings.

"We already have procedures in place to protect us when we're in city buildings, we have precautions that may not be obvious to the public," Moore said.

Three years ago, Franklin lawmakers approved a law to prohibit guns in city parks.

McLendon says he hasn't proposed an official ordinance change yet, but he wants the mayor and aldermen to talk about it at an upcoming work session.


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