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Democrats Want Reconsideration Of Tennessee Guns In Parks Law

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Aug 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:32:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Democrats in the Tennessee General Assembly have been urging the reconsideration of a new state law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all state parks, even if those facilities have been rented out by private operators.

At a roundtable hosted by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and Nashville state Representative John Ray Clemmons on Thursday, several speakers voiced concerns about the law that stripped local governments of the power to ban all firearms in parks.

James Bolden, a retired director of police services in Memphis, and Franklin County Sherriff Tim Fuller noted the negative publicity surrounding recent police shootings that occurred despite the heavy training law enforcement officers receive.

They said civilians with handgun permits were more likely to make poor decisions in using weapons. 

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