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NRA Supporting Challenge to Knoxville Gun Ban

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The National Rifle Association supports the first challenge to Knoxville’s decision to deny handgun carry permit holders access to public lands. Filed this morning, the suit is based on legislation Governor Haslam signed this year allowing for individuals with valid permits to carry firearms in any state, county, or municipality run park.

“The Mayor and the City of Knoxville are in clear violation of Tennessee law,“ said Lacey Biles, director of NRA State and Local Affairs. “The 5 million members of the NRA stand in full support of the plaintiff and look forward to a positive resolution.”

The dispute stems from the city’s classification of Chilhowee Park. According to Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s office, Chilhowee Park is not actually a park because it “is not managed as a City of Knoxville park by the Parks and Recreation Department.”

“We believe state law is clear, and Knoxville is violating that law with regard to Chilhowee Park. We hope to have the issue addressed in Court soon,” said plaintiff’s attorney Lela Hollabaugh.

The suit was filed in Knox County Circuit Court.


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