July 29, 2009
Discussion Topic: New Parks Law Vs. School Rules
By Dave Hurteau
This summer the Tennessee legislature voted to allow handguns in state parks. They remain banned, however, at school events. So what happens when the local high school holds a cross-country meet in a state park?
Here’s what happens, from The Tennessean:
Handgun owners, even those with a permit to carry, cannot take their firearm into an athletic or recreation facility when a school is using it, Attorney General Robert Cooper said.
The statewide ban on weapons during school events — which also extends to explosives, slingshots and certain knives — applies even if the event is held in a park where carrying a handgun is otherwise permitted.