NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has rejected state troopers’ request to work security at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville this weekend.
A spokeswoman from the state Department of Safety said eight troopers had been refused their request to work the event in their off hours because they wanted to use their patrol vehicles, and there was no way for the Tennessee Highway Patrol to recoup those costs.
The Tennessean reported Tuesday that the NRA is paying more than $200,000 to off-duty Nashville police officers to work security at event. The city’s new convention center will allow attendees to carry firearms during the convention, but the nearby Bridgestone Arena will keep its gun ban in place.
Haslam was not invited to speak at the NRA event.
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