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Tue July 7, 2009
No Guns in Paris Parks
By Carrie Pond
Paris, TN – The Paris, TN Commission is poised to override newly passed legislation that allows handguns in public parks. City Manager Jack Tarkington says the law, which takes effect September 1st, allows for individual municipalities to opt out of the law. He says commissioners will likely pass the resolution at their regularly scheduled meeting this evening. Tarkington says opting out of the new legislation is the best way to maintain the quality of the city's parks. After passage, the city will post signs in prominent locations notifying patrons they still cannot carry weapons at local parks. Violation of the local ordinance would be considered a misdemeanor and carry up to a nearly 12 month jail penalty or a fine of under 25 hundred dollars.