Communities not going along packing heat in parks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The list of cities and counties opting out of Tennessee's new law that allows people with gun permits to take their weapons into public parks keeps getting longer.

While some city and county governments - including Chattanooga, Bristol and Williamson and Shelby counties - have rushed to exempt their parks, a Nashville lawyer who has worked more than a decade to allow gun permit holders to bear arms in public parks said he is considering a court challenge.

Tennessee Firearms Association director John Harris said the opt-out provision for local governments is a "travesty" and might be challenged in court. He said state lawmakers might not be empowered to "allow someone else to do it" and he is researching a possible legal challenge.

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