Tennessee tries to ban handguns are popular events

October 2015

Live events sector



Americans shoot Americans and most Americans seem to accept this,  as the right to ‘bear arms’ (and thus allow these shootings of the innocent) trumps all. President Obama has expressed his frustration at this, and the appalling statistics on gun deaths in the USA need no more comment.
There are the odd glimmers of hope and common sense. With some lack of clarity over whether those legally allowed to carry handguns can take them into sporting and entertainment events in public parks and other recreational facilities, a new bill in Tennessee aims to allow public concert venues and professional sports stadiums owned by local municipalities to be able to maintain a ban on guns at events. The measure would create an exemption to the “guns in parks” law for ticketed events at public parks and any site used by a professional sports team for training or games.  The Tennessean reports that State Senate Majority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, said: “Allowing guns in areas with large crowds where alcohol is consumed is a recipe for disaster, and creates a grave danger for law enforcement officers, who might not be able to distinguish friendlies with a gun from criminals”. Harris, and State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, are proposing the Bill. Both have argued in the past that a new law passed this year creates uncertainty as to when and where people with valid handgun permits may carry their weapons. Those questions include whether the new law opens the door to allowing people with permits to take their guns into Tennessee Titans games or concerts at the Ascend Amphitheater, venues both owned by Metro Nashville which maintains a ban on handguns.
The new law is to clarify a situation where it has been argued that a county or municipality no longer has the authority to prohibit handgun carry permit holders from possessing handguns in public parks and other recreational facilities.
And  see our earlier article A right to guns at Festivals? Only in the US of A  http://www.musiclawupdates.com/?p=6264

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