Knoxville councilwoman and mayoral candidate Marilyn Roddy visited with the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennesse Firearms Association at their February 2011 meeting.
Roddy gave her vision for Knoxville if she is elected mayor. She spoke about jobs, neighhorhoods, and the downtown area. There was a discussion of infrastructure making it difficult for businesses downtown.
This column inquired as to whether or not she would use her “Bully Pulpit,” if elected, to attempt to influence the Knoxville City Council to rescind the firearms ban in Knoxville parks. Her reply was,
No, I would not.
Although her answer was not surprising, it was disappointing.
It should be noted that this ban was passed in 1962 (Jim Crow?). Since then, Tennessee, along with 47 other states, has passed a law permitting lawful carrying of handguns. This law requires each permittee to undergo fingerprinting, a background check and training. Carry permit holders have proven to be arguably the most law abiding group in American society.
Since passing the permit law, the Tennessee General Assembly has passed laws over and over again easing restrictions on permit holders. The law originally prohibited carrying in stores that sell alcohol, such as grocery stores and convenience stores. Restrictions were lifted on these locations several years ago, with no bad results.
The General Assembly eased the restriction against carry in restaurants two years ago, then revisited the issue again last year. The General Assembly, listening to the People, passed this over two Governor’s vetoes, and one invalidation by a judge.
The prior restraint prohibition on carry in parks was eliminated last year, with local jurisdictions given the opportunity to opt-out. Knox County voted to conform to the state law, allowing handgun carry, and Knoxville City elected to keep their decades-old ban in place.
The question for Knoxville gunvoters will be, is there a friendlier candidate than Roddy? At this time, I do not have any idea.
Voters should remember, too, that a mayor, with just a phone call, can have a police escort. That luxury is not afforded the average citizen. You are on your own, whether you are in a city park or on the street.
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