Party line vote kills bill banning guns at concerts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill seeking to allow Tennessee cities to ban guns from being carried at ticketed events has failed in a House subcommittee.

The Republican-controlled Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 3-2 along party lines on Wednesday to kill the measure (HB1409) sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons and supported by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

The measure was introduced after a state attorney general’s legal opinion last year that a state law stripping local governments of the power to bar people with handgun carry permits from being armed in parks extended to facilities like sports arenas or parks rented or operated by private entities.

The bill would have allowed gun bans to be kept in place at parks or facilities with police or armed guard patrolling parking facilities and surrounding areas.