Guns-in-parks proposal headed to governor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would allow handgun-carry permit holders to be armed in all of the state’s parks is headed to the governor for his consideration.

Both the Senate and House approved a special committee report on the proposal Thursday.

The measure strips a provision that would have allowed permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

The legislation keeps a ban on guns at school events, but it would not apply to playgrounds and other sports fields that aren’t used by schools.

Haslam opposed the state Capitol provision and said there was some confusion in the original legislation about what should happen in the case of parks that are used by schools.

The governor will review the final report when it reaches his desk.