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Tennessee Localities Continue to Try Opting Out of New Park Carry Law!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Please Contact Your Local Officials!

Several Tennessee counties and municipalities have started the process to opt-out of the new park carry law before its effective date (Tuesday, September 1).  We have included an updated list of cities and counties that are considering opting-out or have scheduled hearings on the issue.  Please make your voice heard to keep this from happening. 

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge them to oppose any proposal or resolution that would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from protecting themselves in local parks. 

COUNTIES

Alcoa  (Blount County)

Website:   www.cityofalcoa-tn.gov

Resolution: will be assigned a resolution number closer to the date

The meeting agenda also allows for a designated time for the hearing of citizens.  The Board of Commissioners welcomes your participation at its meetings. Public hearings allow for public comment, which are scheduled at the beginning of each meeting, immediately following the approval of minutes, reading of any proclamations or presentations.

When:  Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 pm

Where:

Alcoa Municipal Building
Commission Chambers
223 Associates Blvd
Alcoa, TN 37701

Local Officials:

Contact info for the Mayor and the City Commission Members:
Phone: (865) 380-4795
Fax: (865) 380-4797

Mayor Donald R. Mull
Email:  mull@cityofalcoa-tn.gov

Vice Mayor Clint Abbott
Email:  abbott@cityofalcoa-tn.gov

Commissioner Clayton Bledsoe
Email:  bledsoe@cityofalcoa-tn.gov

Commissioner Vaughn Belcher
Email:  belcher@cityofalcoa-tn.gov

Commissioner George Williams
Email:  williams@cityofalcoa-tn.gov

For further information on how to contact your local officials, click here.
 



Athens (McMinn County)

Website:  www.cityofathenstn.com

The Opt-out ordinance has been deferred to City Council Work Session, which will be held on Monday, August 10.  The work session designates what items will be listed on the agenda for the next City Council meeting (scheduled for August 18).  The public is encouraged to attend the work session and may be afforded the opportunity to address the city council. We encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  Please get there early. 

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge 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.  Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.


When:  Monday, August 10 at 5:45 p.m.

Location: 
Athens Municipal Building
Training Room
815 North Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Contact Officials: 

Mayor
Hal Buttram

hbuttram@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Vice-Mayor
William Bo Perkinson

bperkinson@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Ann Davis

adavis@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Dick Pelley

dpelley@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

 

 


Collierville  (Shelby County)

The Collierville Council of Alderman will hold a meeting to consider an opt-out resolution on Monday, August 10.  This is a public hearing, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  All those who wish to speak at the Council Meeting, will need to fill out a card at the beginning of the meeting.  Please get there early.  The Collierville Council of Alderman will discuss the proposal, and may follow-up with a motion to opt-out of your right to carry in parks with in city limits.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge 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.  Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Website:  www.collierville.com/government-mainmenu-48
Resolution No. 2009-44
All agendas can be viewed by clicking
here.

When:  Monday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: 
Collierville Town Hall
Board Chambers

500 Poplar View Parkway
Collierville, TN 38017
You can reach the Mayor and Aldermen by calling (901) 457-2200.  Their emails are listed below.
Mayor Stan Joyner
Email:  sjoyner@ci.collierville.tn.us


Vice Mayor Jimmy Lott
Email:  jlott@ci.collierville.tn.us
Alderman Tony Sarwar
Email:  tsarwar@ci.collierville.tn.us
Alderman Maureen Fraser
Email:  mfraser@ci.collierville.tn.us
Alderman Tom Allen
Email:  tallen@ci.collierville.tn.us

Alderman Mike Russell
Email:  mrussell@ci.collierville.tn.us


Cookeville  (Putnam County)

Website:
 www.cookeville-tn.org

The Cookeville City Council will hold a meeting to consider an opt-out resolution on Thursday, August 6.  This is a public hearing, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  All those who wish to speak at the Council Committee Meeting, will have the opportunity to do so and will be given up to 3 minutes to speak.  Please get there early.  The Cookeville City Council will discuss the proposal, and may follow-up with a motion to opt-out of your right to carry in parks with in city limits.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge 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.  Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Please continue to monitor the Council Agenda for updates.  Any future agenda postings can be found by clicking here.

Proposed Resolution: # R090709 

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

Location:
City Hall, Municipal Building
(located across from the library)
45 E. Broad Street
Cookeville, TN

Local Officials:  

Mayor Sam Sallee
45 E. Broad St.
Cookeville, TN
Phone:  (931) 528-0575
Email:  ssallee@cookeville-tn.org

Contact for the City of Cookeville:
Phone:  (931) 526-9591 
Email:  gfowler@cookville-tn.org AND info@cookeville-tn.org

Click here for a list of City Council Members



Gallatin (Sumner County)

The City of Gallatin has deferred their park carry opt-out vote to Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.  This resolution, 2009-R-7, would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from carrying a firearm for self-defense in local parks within city limits.  This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  All those who wish to speak at the Council Committee Meeting, may have the opportunity to do so at the beginning of the meeting.  Please get there early.  The Gallatin city council will discuss the proposal, and may follow-up with a motion to opt-out of your right to carry in the city of Gallatin parks.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge 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.  Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Website:  www.gallatin-tn.gov

Resolution: Will be made available on Friday, August 7
All agendas can be found by clicking
here.

When:
Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:
City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room
132 W Main Street
Gallatin, TN 37066

Local Officials:
Mayor Jo Ann Graves
Office of the Mayor
132 W. Main Street
Gallatin, TN  37066
Phone:  (615) 451-5961
Fax:  (615) 451-5934
Email: 
joann.graves@gallatin-tn.gov

Pat Byars, Executive Assistant
Email: 
pat.byars@gallatin-tn.gov

Vice Mayor Dale Bennett, District 2
1202 Langwood Court

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 452-4954

Ed Mayberry, Council At Large
801 Haynie Place
Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 230-7869 OR 452-9000
Fax:  (615) 452-9163

Tom Garrott, Council At Large
931 Belvedere Drive
Gallatin, TN  37066

Phone:  (615) 452-5717

Anne Kemp, District 1
1207 Gibbs Lane

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 452-8924

Jimmy Overton, District 3
901 Lakeview Court

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 230-0496
Email: 
over5091@bellsouth.net

Craig Hayes, District 4
1040 Grassland Chase Drive

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 230-7940 OR 452-1303
Fax:  452-6285

John D. Alexander, District 5
780 Anthony Street

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone:  (615) 452-4168



Kingston (Roane County)

On Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m., the City of Kingston City Council will hold a public work session on a resolution that would prohibit the lawful carry of a firearm by permit holders in city parks.  The resolution, which is being put forward by Vice Mayor Teresa Ferguson,is number "5" on the proposed agenda.  This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  If you would like to speak at the public hearing, please contact City Hall at (865) 376-6584.  The Kingston City Council is expected to vote on this resolution on Tuesday, August 11.

Please respectfully urge the City Council members to oppose any ordinance or proposal that would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from carrying a firearm for self-defense in local parks.  The best way to get your opinions through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Website:  www.mykingstontn.com

Proposed Resolution:  Number 5 on the City of Kingston proposed Agenda set for the next Work Session Meeting.  Please click here to view the committee agenda.  The agenda can be found on the left hand side.

When:  Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: 
Kingston Community Center
201 Patton Ferry Road
Kingston, TN 37763

Local Officials: 
Phone:  (865) 376-6584 ask for Joyce

Mayor Troy Beets                                    

Email:  troybeets@bellsouth.net

Vice Mayor Teresa Ferguson          

Email:  candidate07@bellsouth.net

Kingston City Council Members: 
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

 


 

Shelbyville (Bedford County)

 

Website:  www.shelbyvilletn.org/council

 

 

Resolution:  On July 28, the Shelbyville City Council held a Special Study Session to consider placing an opt-out resolution on the agenda for the next City Council Meeting.  Several citizens attended in support of our Second Amendment Rights.  It is possible the Shelbyville City Council may place an opt-out resolution on the agenda for Thursday, August 13.  Please continue to contact them in opposition of any park carry opt-out resolutions. 

 

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge 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.  Details and contact information are provided below.  Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

 

When: 
City Council Study Session is Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.

The public is able to attend and speak at all City Council Study Sessions.  Please arrive early.

 

City Council Meeting is Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Where:

Municipal Court Room at the Shelbyville Police Department

109 Lane Parkway

Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160

Local Officials:

Mayor Ewing Wallace Cartwright

Phone:  (931) 684-2691

Fax:  (931) 684-1423

Email:  Wallace.Cartwright@shelbyvilletn.org

 

CITY HALL Phone:  (931) 684-2691

 

Jo Ann Holland

1st Ward Councilmember

 

Albert C Stevenson

2nd Ward Councilmember

 

Kay Rose

3rd Ward Councilmember

 

Lee Roy Cunningham

 4th Ward Councilmember

 

Jean Pruitt

5th Ward Councilmember

 


 

Smith County

On Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m., Smith County Commission will consider Resolution No. 07-2009-06 which would, if passed, prohibit law-abiding permit holders from carrying a firearm for self-defense in county parks.  This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  This is not a hearing, so those in attendance will be unable to speak directly to the commission, but may be afforded the opportunity to talk to members before the start of the meeting. 

Resolution: 07-2009-06

When:  Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Smith County Court House
211 Main St North
Carthage
, TN 37030

Officials:
Contact Information for Smith County Commissioners can be found here

Best number:
To Contact Your Commissioner, please call the County Executive Office (615) 735-2294

 

 

Please Contact Your Local Officials!

Several Tennessee counties and municipalities have started the process to opt-out of the new park carry law before its effective date (Tuesday, September 1).  We have included a list of cities and counties that are considering opting-out or have scheduled hearings on the issue.  Please make your voice heard to keep this from happening.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge them to oppose any proposal or resolution that would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from protecting themselves in local parks. 

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