Six years ago, Councilmember at-large Megan Barry co-sponsored an ordinance (BL2009-489) to keep guns out of Nashville’s parks. Today, the State Legislature ignored the wishes of the Davidson County legislative delegation and Governor Bill Haslam by voting to remove the city’s authority to keep our parks safe.
“Parents deserve to feel safe and secure when taking their children to our public parks,” said Councilmember at-large Megan Barry. “Now, in order to cater to narrow special interests, the State Legislature has ignored the wishes of Davidson County and are trying to force dangerous firearms into the parks where our children play.”
HB995/SB1171, which passed the State House and State Senate today, will strip a provision from the 2009 law allowing for guns in parks, which gave local officials the authority to decide whether firearms would be allowed.
“I would urge Governor Haslam to veto this legislation and continue to allow cities like Nashville to make decisions based on the best interests of our residents,” said Barry.
Councilmember At-Large Megan Barry is seeking election to the office of mayor in the August 2015 election. A Nashville resident for 23 years, Megan Barry was twice elected as at-large member of the Metro Council, receiving the most votes in the countywide election in 2011. An MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, she has two decades of senior-level corporate experience in telecommunications and healthcare. She is the mother of a college-age son and has been married to Bruce Barry for 21 years.