NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The controversial guns in parks bill that had become temporarily stalled at the Tennessee legislature is now headed to a wary governor after both chambers agreed to the compromise reached in this week in conference committee.
The report, which becomes the bill, removes any local prohibitions against those with handgun permits to carry their firearms in local parks.
The measure also removes a previously Senate-approved amendment allowing properly permitted handguns to be carried at the state capitol.
Handgun permit holders can also carry their handguns in parks used by schools as long they are not in the “immediate vicinity” of a school event in the park.
Governor Bill Haslam has expressed his concern this session about the bill.
Once the measure hits his desk, he has 10 days to decide if he will sign it, let the bill become law without his signature, or veto it.