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Tennessee: Localities Already Opting-Out of Park Carry Law!

Friday, June 26, 2009

As anticipated, Tennessee counties and municipalities have started to opt-out of the park carry law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly during the 2009 session. 


Please contact your local officials and respectfully ask them not to create a confusing patchwork of laws that will close off local parks to law-abiding permit holders, who simply wish to be able to protect themselves and their families. 


If you have any information on Tennessee counties and municipalities taking steps to opt-out of this important self-defense law, please contact the NRA-ILA’s State and Local Affairs Division.  Contact information is provided below.


Email: state&local@nrahq.org

NRA-ILA, State & Local Affairs
C/O Scott Stevens 

11250 Waples Mill Road 

Fairfax, VA 22030  


Phone (703) 267-1217 

Fax: (703) 267-3976


Below is a list of counties and cities currently trying to opt-out.  Some cities and counties do not have ordinances, resolutions or hearings set in place but please continue to call.  Their contact information is listed below.




Anderson County



Resolution No. 09-316;


County Mayor
Rex Lynch


For Anderson County Commission Contact info click here.


Davidson County



The Second Reading of Ordinance BL2009-489 will take place July 21 at 6:30pm at Metro Council Chamber:

1 Public Square

Nashville, TN 37201


For contact information on Nashville City Council click here.


County Mayor:
Karl Dean
1 Public Sq. Ste. 100
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 862-6000


Shelby County



Park Carry Opt-out Resolution is item #1 on the Public Works Committee agenda Wednesday, July 8 starting at 8:45am:


Shelby County Administration Building

4th Floor, Commissioners Committee Room

160 N. Main St, Suite 450

Memphis, TN 38103


Shelby County Board of Commissioners

Phone: (901) 545-4301

Fax: (901) 545-4283


Smith County

Smith County is holding a hearing on their Park Carry opt-out resolution July 13 at 7:00pm:

Coutny Court House

211 Main street north

Carthage, TN 37030


Smith County Mayor

Michael F Nesbitt



 Williamson County

Williamson County Website


The next Williamson County Commission meeting will be held on Monday, July 13, at 9:00am.  At this time, Resolution No. 7-09-2, park carry opting-out will be put to a vote. 

Administrative Complex Auditorium
1320 West Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

Rogers Anderson, Mayor
Phone:  (615) 790-5700
Click here to send email

Phone: (615) 790-5712
Fax: (615) 790-5610

Click here for list of Commission Members 

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Commissioners Contact info can be found here.


Mayor Carolyn Bowers

Phone: (931)648-5787

Fax: (931)553-5177




Cookeville, TN



Proposed ordinance: # R090709 



Contact for the City of Cookeville:


(931) 526-9591.


Alcoa, TN 

Contact info for the Mayor and the City Council Members:

Phone: 865-380-4795

Fax: 865-380-4797


Maryville TN

To Contact the City of Maryville click here.


City Manager Information  


Woodbury, TN (Cannon County)



Huntingdon, TN 

City of Huntingdon Contact info:




Murfreesboro, TN

Resolution # 09-R-22

-agenda has been deferred and next hearing or proposal is unknown


Mayor and City Council Member Contact info can be found here.


Hendersonville, TN

Contact information for the Mayor and the City Alderman can be found by clicking here.


Mt. Juliet, TN

Contact information for the Mayor and Board of Commissioners can be found by clicking here.


Lebanon, TN

To Contact the Mayor of Lebanon click here.

To Contact Lebanon City Council Members click here.


Clarksville, TN

Mayor John E. Piper


Clarksville City Council contact info can be found here


Chattanooga, TN

Mayor Ron Littlefield
Telephone (423) 425-7800


Chattanooga City Council
Telephone (423) 757-5196
Fax (423) 757-4857


Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates on this important issue.


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