TN Legislators Want to Ban Guns at Certain Events
Two Democratic lawmakers filed a bill that would bar firearms at ticketed events in locally owned parks and major sports venues.
State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, charged in a news release that "allowing guns in areas with large crowds where alcohol is consumed is a recipe for disaster, and creates a grave danger for law enforcement officers, who might not be able to distinguish friendlies with a gun from criminals."
Harris also said concert promoters "made clear that they want the ability to ban weapons at their events, and rely exclusively on law enforcement and security to keep attendees safe."
Senate Bill 1432 seeks to add a new exemption to the guns-in-parks law providing that handgun-carry permit holders won't be able to go armed allowed at public parks that require a ticket, reported the Times Free Press. The exemption would end at the conclusion of the event. It also specifies that the new law does not apply to stadiums and complexes used by a professional sports team to play, practice or train.