Tennessee governor signs NRA-backed metal detector gun bill
parks and buses will either have to buy metal detectors,Authentic Justin Simmons Jersey, hire security guards and check people's bags,Authentic Barry Sanders,Many Tennessee city and county buildings, or let handgun permit holders bring in their guns,Ziggy Ansah Jersey, under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bill Haslam.
including the cities of Nashville and Knoxville and gun control advocates,Authentic Marvin Jones Jr Jersey, contend that it gives local officials bad choices. It also threatens local governments with expensive lawsuits by groups like the National Rifle Association on behalf of anyone who feels slighted by local gun control actions,Opponents of the law, a "giveaway to the gun lobby," according to the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
The NRA has said the law holds local governments responsible for keeping people safe, and ensures law-abiding citizens don't unintentionally violate local restrictions.
Haslam's office said Friday that the new requirements allow enforcement of a decades-old law pre-empting local governments from regulating guns, except in certain instances. Haslam has previously mentioned that a veto could easily be overridden with a simple majority vote of lawmakers.
Haslam has said at least one part of the bill is necessary to fix a 2015 law allowing guns in public parks. Tennessee officials have feared a state attorney general's interpretation of the 2015 law would mean guns couldn't be banned at Tennessee Titans football games and Nashville Predators hockey games.
and the new provisions in this bill give local governments and their permittees more control over security at large entertainment venues,"This bill also leaves to local governments the ultimate decision of whether to prohibit firearms in local government buildings," Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said in an email.
Music City Central,Critics worry that the law signed Friday could force Nashville to allow guns at its main bus station, and on buses. Both are used by thousands of school children. Lawmakers voted multiple times not to exempt transit facilities from the additional security requirements.
a large percentage of which are school age children,Justin Simmons Jersey,Barry Sanders Jersey,"Our concern is for the safety of our traveling public,Authentic Ziggy Ansah Jersey,Authentic Matthew Stafford Jersey," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry wrote in a letter to Haslam earlier this month.
A Nashville Democrat,Matthew Stafford Jersey,Sen. Jeff Yarbro,Marvin Jones Jr Jersey, questioned whether the law would create a conflict at the bus station because another state law says it's a felony to bring guns into a facility used for school purposes.
The bill's House and Senate sponsors have given opposing answers about whether the law would apply to buses.
and upend bus scheduling,Adding the security features at transit stations and on buses could cost the four large urban public transit systems $3.8 million up front and $36 million annually, according to the Tennessee Public Transit Association.
a Cottontown Republican,Rep. William Lamberth, has said the law he sponsored ensures that guns actually aren't getting into places where local governments prohibit them.
The new law exempts some local facilities, including health and mental health facilities; Department of Children Services offices; libraries; schools; parks used by schools; buildings where judicial proceedings take place; buildings that hold law enforcement agencies; and Head Start facilities.
which addresses local government facilities, does not address state buildings,The law, including the Tennessee Capitol, where non-law enforcement guns are prohibited.