Holding Fire on City Ban of Guns in Parks

So what’s the local impact of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling broadening the application of the Second Amendment right to bear arms? Well, as The Tennessean noted the other day, Tennessee doesn’t have much by way of stringent gun laws, so it’s not likely to be the kind of legal battleground that other states are. But it did make us wonder about that ban on guns in Knoxville city parks. City officials say they think it will stand. “We don’t anticipate this ruling having any impact on our ordinance,” says city spokesguy Randall Kenner. The majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito allows that bans would still be constitutional in “sensitive places” like schools and government buildings. Whether that umbrella would extend to, say, Tyson Park is something that might take a judge to decide.

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