Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen he hopes his state’s legislature will roll back some of the gun laws it passed this year at the urging of a relatively few but “passionate” people, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He predicted a backlash from a majority of Tennesseans he said have become energized over some of the “craziness” in the guns-in-restaurants and guns-in-parks laws going into effect. Restaurant owners and local governments are exercising their “opt-out” authority to keep their businesses and local parks gun-free zones.
Shelby County and Republican-heavy areas yesterday removed their local parks from the new law allowing handgun-carry permit holders to bring guns into parks. State Rep. Curry Todd, who sponsored the guns-in-restaurants bill, said he doubts the legislature will roll back any of the bills and that he favors retaining the opt-out provision for cities and counties on local parks.