NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With Tennessee state lawmakers on the verge of allowing permitted people to carry firearms in all local parks, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean stands by a letter to a legislative committee he wrote 12 days ago saying, “I believe that allowing guns in Nashville parks is a very bad idea.”
Mayor Dean was even more emphatic after the morning session of his annual budget hearings that began Monday.
“Do I think it’s a good law? No. Is it an advisable thing to do? No. Do I want guns in parks in an urban area? No. Do I want guns near schools? No,” he said to News 2.
At Nashville’s Centennial Park, most of those playing with their dogs or walking with children, had heard of the bill to remove the prohibition.
“I am an advocate,” said Mary Holloway as she carried her youngster through the park. “I think there are a lot of places where we need protection.”
Not so sure was a former FIsk University student walking her dog.
“This is open space, a lot of people around, who is going to come after you? ” asked Naimi Abebe.
The measure would take effect on April 6, just days before the National Rifle Association begins a huge convention in Nashville with 70,000 people expected.
It passed in the House Monday night and is expected to be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday.