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Democrats introduce bill seeking to allow Tennessee cities to ban guns at sports, music venues

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Two Democrats are introducing legislation to allow all firearms to be banned at major sports and music venues.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville say their bill would create an exemption to the new state law that bans local governments from prohibiting people with handgun carry permits to be armed in parks.

A recent legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery found that the law applies even to facilities rented out to private contractors.

The proposed legislation would allow guns to be banned at events at public parks that require a ticket and would also make clear that the law does not apply to stadiums and other facilities used by professional sports teams.

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