Haslam says guns-in-parks bill worth reviewing for clarity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says he believes a recent state attorney general’s opinion is at least one reason lawmakers should consider reviewing the law that allows handgun carry permit holders to bring firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery opined last week that private organizations can’t prevent licensed permit holders from taking weapons into events the groups operate at public parks.

Even though he signed the bill earlier this year, Haslam said in a letter to the speakers of the House and Senate at the time that he remained concerned about potential unintended consequences for local leaders.

The governor acknowledged to reporters on Monday that the AG’s opinion has raised questions that may justify lawmakers reviewing the guns-in-parks measure for possible clarity.