Germantown and Bartlett to vote on guns in parks

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tennessee's new law allowing guns in parks will take center stage in two Memphis suburbs this week.
Officials in Bartlett and Germantown will vote on resolutions aimed at opting out of the measure.
At Freeman Park in Bartlett on Sunday, opinions about guns in parks were mixed.

Some parents said a loaded firearm could pose a serious danger in a crowded park.

"And if we just let anybody carry guns, we don't know what kind of condition they are in," said parent Genny Thomas. "Shey could be intoxicated, they could be under other influences of drugs - we don't know. We just don't need people just carrying guns like this is the wild west or something."

Germantown resident Christine Holley agreed.

"I mean there is too many children out here. They don't need to bring guns out here," she said.

Supporters of the state's new law feel that being able to carry a gun in a park is their right.

Germantown officials are expected to vote on their gun measure Monday night, while Bartlett officials will vote Tuesday.
Lakeland, Arlington and Collierville are expected to take up the issue later this year.

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