Guns in parks proposal signed by governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to allow handguns to be carried in city or county parks in Tennessee has been signed by the governor.

Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the measure Friday and it will take effect Sept. 1.

On Thursday, the House sponsor said he was abandoning the provision in exchange for Bredesen's commitment not to veto a separate bill about weapons in restaurants.

But the Senate sponsor, Republican Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, said there was never an agreement.

Last month, Bredesen vetoed a bill to allow guns to be carried in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. That veto was overwhelmingly overridden in both chambers of the Legislature.

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