Law Shield was gratified to see that on April 24, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 995/Senate Bill No. 1171, more widely known as the guns in parks bill. It became effective immediately.
This means those with handgun permits can now carry their firearms in local parks without fear of running afoul of local prohibitions, removing a patchwork of laws throughout the state that could have turned law-abiding citizens into unintentional criminals.
Handgun permit holders can also carry their handguns in parks used by schools as long they are not in the “immediate vicinity” of a school event in the park.