Senate Passes Guns-in-Parks Measure

The Senate today approved a bill 26-7 that would lift gun bans in local parks, despite opposition from Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other city leaders, the Tennessean reports. Senate Bill 1496 — sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville — would undo a 2009 law that allows city councils and county commissions to decide for themselves whether to permit guns in their parks. Dean has lobbied lawmakers to reject the bill, arguing that local governments should continue to decide how to police their own parks. Gov. Bill Haslam, a former mayor of Knoxville, also has said he opposes the measure.