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Williamson County Attorney Says Guns Can Be Banned From Fair

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:56:24-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The Williamson County attorney said that the fair kicking off Friday can still ban guns despite a recent state attorney general's opinion suggesting otherwise.

According to reports, County Attorney Bobby Cook argued that Williamson County Fair Association could still ban guns because the state law eliminating gun bans at parks should not apply because the site of the fair - the Agricultural Exposition Park - has been more of "a civic center or other building facility" where firearms can still be prohibited.

The new state law stripped local governments of the power to ban guns in local parks. Attorney General Herbert Slatery in a recent legal opinion said private organizations using parks for events cannot prevent people with handgun carry permit holders from being armed. 

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