Metro moved one step closer to opting out of the new state guns in parks legislation on Thursday when Metro Council approved a bill on second reading that would officially ban firearms in city-owned parks.
The bill is now one reading away from becoming law, but the Metro Director of Law has said there's no reason to pass the new law. Legal Director Sue Cain said an existing Metro law makes opting out of the new state law unnecessary.
The bill passed with a 23-14 vote after debate from Council members. District 12 Councilman Jim Gotto said the debate has drifted too far away from the Second Amendment of the Constitution and become too much about guns in parks.
The law passed by the state Legislature this year allowed gun carry permit holders to carry firearms in public parks, but it gave locals the ability to opt out, which neighboring towns and counties like Murfreesboro and Williamson County have already done.
The bill will be on third reading at the Aug. 18 Council meeting.