Haslam to decide this week on Tennessee 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) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will decide this week whether to sign a bill to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in city parks near schools.

The bill would allow permit holders to be armed in any state park – including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.

The proposal was eventually stripped of a provision that would allow permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex, a provision Haslam adamantly opposed.

However, the governor still expressed concerns about the proposal not being clear on how close a permit holder can be to a school activity.

Haslam got the bill on Tuesday and has 10 days to decide whether to sign, veto or allow the measure to become law without his signature. He told reporters Thursday that he plans to make a decision by the end of the week.

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