House votes to take Tennessee Capitol complex off guns-in-parks bill

At a roundtable hosted by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and Nashville state Rep. 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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House has voted to remove the Tennessee Capitol from a bill to expand the areas where people with handgun carry permits can be armed.

The chamber voted 72-14 on Monday against the amendment inserted by the Senate last week. The original bill would strip local governments of the power to ban all firearms in parks, playgrounds and ballfields.

The measure now heads back to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said it’s unlikely the chamber will agree to the change. If that happens, the bill would go to a conference committee to try to hammer out differences.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam earlier Monday expressed serious reservations about including the Capitol in the bill.

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