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'Guns in parks' not popular with local leaders

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Even though Tennessee lawmakers have voted to allow guns in parks, elected officials in Mid-South communities want to ban the proposal.

Immediately after the legislature passed the guns in parks bill, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald began working on a resolution to prevent you from every seeing a gun in his city's parks.

"We'd have to just name our parks and say that we do not allow guns in our parks, and we'd have signs in our parks indicating that," he said.

Memphis city council members Janis Fullilove and Harold Collins are also preparing a resolution to ban guns from city parks.

"We have trouble with guns in our community already," Collins said. "Why would we want to provide another opportunity - another method - for people to endanger themselves or the lives of others?"

But while some city leaders are studying up on provision in the guns in parks bill that allow cities to develop bans against guns in their parks, leaders like Shelby County Commissioner Wyatt Bunker are taking the opposite position.

"I think people are entitled to carry their guns where every they go, because the constitution of the United States allows them too," Bunker said.  "They don't want to carry them on airplanes and things like that but certainly the freedom to carry them in parks I think that should be allowed."

McDonald said if Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen doesn't veto the guns in parks bill, he will go forward with his resolution.

Collins said his ban on guns in Memphis parks will go before a council committee Tuesday.

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