Metro's opt out of guns-in-parks deferred

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 6:26pm

At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard expressed confidence Tuesday that the votes were in place to opt Metro out of the new state guns-in-parks legislation.

Maynard was optimistic despite the fact the bill would be deferred until Aug. 4 because of the actions of one Council committee.

The Council public safety committee voted to defer the opt-out bill, which would have been on second reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

“It’s clear today we have the votes to pass this ordinance to opt out, just like nine other municipalities across the state have already done,” Maynard said. “However, some other Council members are trying to delay because they know they can’t vote it down.”

The committee’s chairwoman, District 8 Councilwoman Karen Bennett, preferred to defer the bill until after a July 30 open forum in which those in favor and in opposition to the state legislation will plead their case.

District 33 Councilman Robert Duvall, who has opposed the legislation, voted in favor of deferral.

“I’d rather get it right the first time,” Duvall said, in response to Maynard’s claim the bill could be amended at a later date.

District 27 Councilman Randy Foster has proposed amendments to the bill. One would allow guns in parks one hour before sunset until the parks closed. The other amendment would allow guns on Metro greenways and nature trails.

Maynard worried that the committee’s move to defer would jeopardize Metro’s ability to post the signs banning guns in parks should the bill come into law.

“We have 115 public parks and if this bill doesn’t pass until Aug. 18 (when it would be on third reading), then that leaves just 13 days to get the signs ordered, printed and posted,” Maynard said.

Maynard said Chief of Police Ronal Serpas, Mayor Karl Dean and Director of Parks Roy Wilson all favor Metro opting out of the new state legislation.


5 Comments on this post:

By: JohnF1970 on 7/21/09 at 5:00

What you assholes that support this dont realize or obviously dont care about is the facts that these criminals are going to carry guns illegally anyway... They have always carried and will continue to carry thier guns illegally wherever they want... THEY ARE CRIMINALS... You are taking away our rights to protect ourselves when they deside to rob, mug, physically harm us because they are too lazy to work hard and earn things themselves... You are painting signs saying" Come to our parks and rob people, because we took away thier ability to hurt you..." I realize the truth is is that when really was the last time someone was murdered or mugged or robbed in a metro park... Im sure it happens a bit, but does it really happen that often? It probbly will happen more now...

By: Captain Nemo on 7/22/09 at 7:26

It seems funny to me that since this gun law has passed, our parks have become unsafe. I go to the parks offten and have never felt threaten.

By: dargent7 on 7/22/09 at 8:09

Jesus! First learn how to spell, "their". So, criminals, thugs, gang-bangers hang out in parks? That's where the money is? A guy jogging, walking his/her dog is carrying CASH? How much, 10 bucks? Wake up you paranoid schitzophrenic. Stay home, hide under your bed. You are afraid of your own shadow.

By: pandabear on 7/22/09 at 11:26

If you had a spare key made for your house or car,
and left it with a friend "just in case", but never used it your
whole life, would it be worth doing ?

There are snakes and rabid animals in the parks sometimes too.
It's not all about "human snakes".

There seems to be 2 different camps.

One believes that nothing will happen and the other
one hopes nothing will happen, but would like to be
prepared in case something did.

Are parks only for victims ?

If so, we should be able to "opt out" of paying for them.

Wasn't there an officer that was shot at in a local park by
Kurds ? Didn't that happen just 2 years ago ?

How many times do threats have to happen in order to justify
being able to defend oneself ?

0....once....twice....once a year.....once every 3 years....

By: pswindle on 7/22/09 at 12:13

This gun law was bad from the start. It must go back to the Senate, and they will have to do better than this. What a waste of time and money. Democrats take notice, this is what happens when the John Harrises of TN take over.