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Tennessee: Your Help is Needed to Prevent Localities From Opting Out of Right-to-Carry Reform!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Please Contact Your Local Officials in Opposition!

Several Tennessee counties and municipalities are in the process of opting out of the new park carry law as passed by the General Assembly during the 2009 session, which has an effective date of Tuesday, September 1. 

Please look over the list of counties and municipalities below to see if your local government is trying to prevent permit holders from legally carrying a firearm in local parks, because this might affect a park or parks that you visit.   If your county or municipality is listed, 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.

We also recommend calling your local government even if it is not listed as having an ordinance, resolution or hearing scheduled, to ensure that your local government understands that your rights should not be infringed.  The best way to get your opinions through to local officials is to contact them immediately.  Please encourage fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters to contact local officials as well.

We encourage you to attend any hearings in support of our Second Amendment rights. Many counties and municipalities are expected to opt out by resolution, so more than likely those in attendance will be unable to speak directly to commission or council members during the meetings, but may be afforded the opportunity to express opposition beforehand or afterwards.  Please continue to visit www.NRAILA.org for further updates.   

If you have any information on Tennessee counties and municipalities taking steps to opt out of this important self-defense law, please contact 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




Anderson County



On Monday, July 27, the Anderson County Legislative Committee will meet to consider Resolution No. 09-316, an opt-out provision prohibiting the carry of firearms in county parks.



Monday, July 27 at 5:30 pm 



Anderson County Courthouse, Room 312

100 North Main Street

Clinton, TN 37716


Local Officials:



For Anderson County Commission Contact info click here.





Davidson CountyNashville, TN



On Tuesday, June 16, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County held its first reading of Bill No. BL2009-489, by Council Member Jerry Maynard.  Bill No. BL2009-489 is an ordinance prohibiting handguns within any of its Metropolitan Government parks.  As a result of its first vote (ROLL CALL), it was referred to the Public Safety Committee and the Parks Committee for its second reading.



Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30pm



Metropolitan Courthouse.

Metro Council Chambers

One Public Square

Nashville, TN 37219


Local Officials:


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

Fax:  (615) 862-6040

Email:  mayor@nashville.gov 



For contact information on Nashville City Council click here.



Montgomery CountyClarksville, TN



Without public notice, Clarksville held a special session on Thursday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m., opting the city out of the park carry bill on Thursday, July 9.  A resolution has not been set for Montgomery County, but is expected to be filed before the next county commission meeting.  If a resolution is brought forth – it will be placed on the County Commission’s informal meeting for Monday, August 3.  If approved, the resolution will be set for the formal meeting on Monday, August 10.  Please continue to visit the Montgomery County Committee’s Agenda Website to monitor any opt-out Resolutions.  Click here for agenda.


Anybody wishing to speak before the commission may do so at the informal meeting (August 3).  All requests to speak should be presented at least 24 hours before the informal meeting in writing. Requests to speak forms may be obtained at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Suite 205, 1 Millennium Plaza. For further information call (931) 648-5787.



Historic Courthouse

1 Millennium Plaza

Clarksville, TN 37041


Local Officials:


  • Mayor Carolyn Bowers

1 Millennium Plaza

Clarksville, TN 37041

Phone: (931) 648-5787

Fax: (931) 553-5177

Email:  mayorbowers@montgomerycountytn.org


Montgomery County Commissioners contact info can be found here.


To express opposition and disappointment to the recent Clarksville opt out resolution (RESOLUTION 5-2009-10) of park carry by law-abiding permit holders.  Please visit the Clarksville City Council website to obtain contact information by clicking here. 




Shelby County



On Wednesday, July 8, the Shelby County Conservation Committee voted on a resolution to prohibit handguns within any of its public parks.  As a result of this vote, the Park Carry opt-out Resolution now moves to the full Shelby County Commission and is to be listed as #31 on the Committee Agenda. 



Monday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. CST



Shelby County Administration Building

4th Floor, Commissioners Committee Room

160 N. Main St, Suite 450

Memphis, TN 38103


Local Officials:


  • Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.   
    160 N. Main Street, Suite 850  
    Memphis, TN 38103

Phone:  (901) 545-4500  
Fax:  (901) 545-4759
Email:  acwharton@shelbycountytn.gov


Shelby County Commission contact info can be found by clicking below.

Phone: (901) 545-4301

Fax: (901) 545-4283




Smith County



Resolution No: 07-2009-06



Monday, July 13 at 7:00pm



Smith County Court House

211 Main Street North

Carthage, TN 37030


Local Officials:

  • Mayor Michael F Nesbitt

122 Turner High Circle, Suite 100

Carthage, TN 37030

Phone:  (615) 735-2294

Email:  mnesbitt@smithcounty.com


Contact Information for Smith County Commissioners can be found here.




Williamson County

Williamson County Website


Resolution No. 7-09-2



Monday, July 13 at 9:00 am

Administrative Complex Auditorium
1320 West Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

Local Officials:

Click here for list of Commission Members 
Phone: (615) 790-5712
Fax: (615) 790-5610


The following Counties are discussing filing an opt out resolution:

Hamblen County




Hamblen County Courthouse
511 West Second North Street
Morristown, TN 37814


Local Officials:

·         Mayor David W. Purkey

Phone:  (423) 586-1931




For contact info on members of the county commission, click on the commissioner below.


Paul LeBel

Nancy Phillips

Dana C. Wampler

C. Reece Sexton

Louis "Doe" Jarvis

Joe Spoone

Dennis Alvis

Ricky Bruce

Larry Baker

Herbert Harville

Guy Collins

Doyle Fullington

Stancil Ford

Tom Massey


Grainger County




Grainger County Commission meet every “second Monday” of each month at:



Justice Center (Circuit Courtroom)

270 Justice Center Drive

Rutledge, TN 37861


Local Officials: 


  • Mayor Mark Hipsher

Phone: 865-828-3513
Home: 865-828-4165


County commissioners
District 1:
Mike Byrd - 865-828-5446
Darell Dee Stratton - 865-828-4480
Doyal Wynn - 865-828-3981

District 2:
Raymond T. Layel , Jr. - 865-993-2928
Johnny Baker - 865-767-3384
T.J. Hill -

District 3:
Earl Cameron - 865-828-4689
B. DeWayne Davis - 865-932-3187
Darrell Ray Williams - 865-932-3187

District 4:
James (Jamie) Acuff - 865-497-2680
David Collins - 865-497-2997
Leroy Shelton - 865-767-2084

District 5:
Miike Holt - 865-993-3594
Bill Howerton - 865-767-2551
Larry Johnson - 865-993-2201

Roane County

Roane County Alliance
1209 N. Kentucky Street
Kingston, TN 37763
Phone 865-376-5572  
Fax 865-376-4978

Scott County

County Mayor Rick Keeton
Phone: 423-663-2000
Email: scottexec@highland.net


Scott County Board of Commission meets each month on the third Monday of the month:


Scott County Office Building

2845 Baker Highway

Huntsville, TN 37756


CITIES  - Not all listed below have ordinances; resolutions or hearings set in place, but please continue to contact the locality to express opposition to any discussion of an opt-out provision.  The best way to get your opinions through to local officials is to contact them immediately.



Alcoa, TN 

Contact info for the Mayor and the City Council Members

Phone: (865) 380-4795

Fax: (865) 380-4797


Bristol, TN



Phone: (423) 989-5500

For further contact information for Bristol City Council, click here.



Chattanooga, TN


Resolution No:  Letter (i) on the agenda

To view a copy of the City of Chattanooga July 14 Agenda please click here 



Tuesday, July 14 at 3:00 pm



City Council Building, Assembly Room

1000 Lindsay St.

Chattanooga, TN 37402



Local Officials:


  • Mayor Ron Littlefield
    of Chattanooga
    Mayor's Office
    101 E. 11th Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37402

    Phone: (423) 425-7800
    Email:  mayor@mail.chattanooga.gov

Dan Johnson, Chief of Staff




  • Chattanooga City Council
    1000 Lindsay Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37402-4233

    Phone (423) 757-5196
    Fax (423) 757-4857


Contact information for Chattanooga City Council Members can be found here.  Specific member information is located on the left hand side.



Cookeville, TN



The consideration of the Cookeville opt-out resolution has been postponed for further research until Thursday, August 6.  Please continue to monitor the Council Agenda for updates.  Any future agenda postings can be found by clicking here.


Proposed Resolution: # R090709 



Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m.


Local Officials: 


  • Mayor Sam Sallee

45 E. Broad St.

Cookeville, TN

Phone:  (931) 526-4453

Email:  ssallee@cookeville-tn.org



Contact for the City of Cookeville:

Phone:  (931) 526-9591

Email:  info@cookeville-tn.org


Click here for a list of City Council Members



Hendersonville, TN




Resolution 2009-18




Both the General Committee and the Public Safety Committee will be hearing Tuesday, July 14th at the same time, 6:30pm CST.  We highly encourage everyone to be in attendance to voice their opposition to this Ban on Park Carry.



City Hall

101 Maple Drive North

Hendersonville, TN 37075


If you absolutely cannot attend, please voice your opposition over the phone by calling the City of Hendersonville at (615) 590-4602 and/or calling the committee members below. Contact information for the Mayor and the City Alderman can be found by clicking here.


General Committee:

Fred Qualls
103 Pleasantview Drive


Steve Brown
110 Meadow Lane


Hamilton Frost
116 Dalton Circle


Public Safety Committee:

Tommy Elsten
138 Country Club Drive


Darlene Stringfellow
122 Dorris Drive


Lance Wray
163 East Harbor Drive



Huntingdon, TN 

City of Huntingdon Contact info:

Phone:  (731)986-2902




Johnson City, TN



Phone: (423)434-6002

Email: citymgr@johnsoncitytn.org


Kingsport, TN



The public is cordially invited to attend meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen


To contact the Board of Mayor & Aldermen please call (423) 229-9412




Kingsport City Hall
Large Court Room, 2nd Floor
225 West Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660




City of Kingston, TN

City of Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Vice Mayor Teresa Ferguson and are trying to enact an opt-out park carry resolution.


Proposed Resolution:  currently not specified



Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.





Local Officials: 


  • Mayor Troy Beets                                           

Email:  troybeets@bellsouth.net


Vice Mayor Teresa Ferguson          

Email:  candidate07@bellsouth.net



Kingston City Council Members are listed below or by clicking here



Councilman Don White                              

Email:  INKY76201@aol.com


Councilman Kevin McClure                          

Email:  kbmcclure@comcast.net


Councilman Norman Sugarman                        

Email:  nsugarman@bellsouth.net


Councilman Tim Neal                               

Email:  timothyneal@bellsouth.net


Councilman Brant W. Williams                         

Email:  brant@brantwwilliams.com



Lebanon, TN

To Contact the Mayor of Lebanon click here.

To Contact Lebanon City Council Members click here.



Maryville TN

To Contact the City of Maryville click here.

City Manager Information  



Mt. Juliet, TN

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


Murfreesboro, TN

Resolution # 09-R-22

-Agenda has been deferred and next hearing or proposal will take place July 30th, keep posted for further updates.


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


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