AG: Gun ban remains for school athletic events

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says people with handgun permits can't carry their weapons into parks or sports fields when they are being used by schools.

In an opinion released Monday, Cooper says the state's new law to allow permit holders to bring their guns in city and county parks does not prohibit schools from using those facilities. But once they do, guns would be banned there.

Cooper cites state law that bans guns in any area "owned, used or operated by a school." He writes that non-student permit holders can store their guns in their cars while school-sponsored events are going on.

The opinion was requested by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin.

Several communities are considering opting out of the guns in parks law.