Local city leader pushes to end gun ban at city hall

Local city leader pushes to end gun ban at city hall (Image 1)
Local city leader pushes to end gun ban at city hall (Image 1)

Gun permit holders may soon be allowed to carry handguns into Franklin City Hall.

Franklin Alderman and Vice Mayor Dana McLendon is behind Resolution 2013-39, which would allow permit holders to do just that.

Currently, weapons are banned at city hall. Signs are posted inside the doorway of the municipal building to warn potential offenders.

The ban was put in effect in 2009 when the city passed a law to keep guns off any city property.

“I think city hall is different from a court house. I think city hall is different from a jail. I think city hall is different from a school,” McLendon said.

The Franklin city leader first told Nashville's News 2 about his support of lifting the gun ban at city hall in January, but a proposal was never officially brought before the city's Board of Alderman and Mayor.

He argued the 2009 ban was never intended to go beyond city parks and language in the current law should be amended to exclude the city hall.

“People go to city hall to buy garage sale permits, pay their water bill, or address their local governing officials,” he said. “I personally don't have a problem with a person, who has a handgun carry permit, carrying their handgun to do any of those rather mundane administrative-, citizenship-, participation-type things.”

McLendon will present the resolution to the Franklin Board of Alderman and Mayor at the board's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Franklin City Hall.

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