The Tennessee Firearms Association is preparing a lawsuit against the city of Knoxville for what its leaders contend was a violation of the state guns in parks
law during the Tennessee Valley Fair at Chilhowee Park, reports the News Sentinel.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said Chilhowee Park does not meet the legal definition of a city park, noting it is not managed by the city Parks and Recreation Department.
An email sent to TFA members over the weekend solicited donations for the lawsuit.
“Although it’s difficult to predict what the costs of this may be, TFA leadership presently estimates that even if the legal services are donated the costs of such an action (filing fees, depositions, etc.) could easily be in the range of $10,000 and substantially more if there is an appeal,” the message said.
The mayor is not ready to respond to the TFA claims, a city spokesman said.
“We typically can’t comment on pending litigation, and we likewise can’t comment on a potential lawsuit that hasn’t yet been filed,” spokesman Eric Vreeland said.
Knoxville attorney Andrew Fox said he would be representing the TFA. The lawsuit is still in the conceptual stage but will definitely be filed, he said.
Fox said the mayor was playing word games when she arbitrarily created her own definition of which areas are parks. It really doesn’t matter whether Chilhowee Park is a park or whether it’s managed by the Parks and Recreation Department, he said.