Loudon County woman sues Knoxville over gun ban at fair

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Loudon County woman is suing the city of Knoxville over its decision to ban guns at Chilhowee Park during last month’s Tennessee Valley Fair.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1OnO0Dp) Pandora Vreeland claims she could not safely attend the fair because of the gun ban. The 60-year-old says she is a target of would-be assailants because of her age. The suit also claims that “general interest events at ‘gun-free’ zones are uniquely susceptible to violent crime.”

Gov. Bill Haslam in April signed into law a bill allowing handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into local parks. However, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has said Chilhowee Park is not subject to the new law.

The National Rifle Association issued a news release saying it supports the lawsuit.