Gun owner pushing for firearms in parks

FARRAGUT, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee gun owner is pushing the city of Farragut to allow guns in the local parks.

Farragut Gun Club member Liston Matthews told WVLT-TV in Knoxville ( ) that a ban on firearms in the city parks is a violation of “a basic fundamental human right.”

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman have previously voted against allowing guns in parks. Tennessee state law allows each county and municipality to decide whether to allow concealed carry in parks.

Matthews has submitted a petition to bring the issue up again. He says allowing guns in the park will increase safety.

Frequent park user Angela Langdon disagrees. Langdon says she’s never felt threatened while walking her dog and sees no need for guns in the parks.