Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the settlement reached in Vreeland v. City of Knoxville. This settlement strikes a reasonable balance between the right to carry firearms in public parks within Knoxville, as guaranteed by Tennessee law, and the city’s use of Chilhowee Park as a secure facility for private or ticketed events. At its core, this settlement reaffirms that individuals have the right to defend themselves with lawfully possessed firearms throughout Tennessee.
“This is an important settlement that reaffirms law-abiding Tennesseans have a right to defend themselves throughout the state,” said Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs, NRA-ILA.
Prior to the settlement of this lawsuit, the City of Knoxville prohibited such carry throughout Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center and in turn, a lawsuit was filed against Knoxville and its mayor to challenge the city’s ban on licensed concealed-carry in Chilhowee Park.
“Crime can happen wherever, whenever, and Tennessee law protects the right of residents to defend themselves the best way they see fit. With the conclusion of this legal matter, Tennesseans’ rights remain protected,” concluded Baker.
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