To: Tennessee State Legislature


Tennessee House members showed some gun sense today by standing up for the safety of our families and children and rejecting these dangerous bills. Eliminating local authority by forcing local governments to allow guns in their parks where our children play and allowing open carry of firearms with no background check or safety training requirements of any kind would have been a grave step backward for our state. Thankfully, the defeat of these bills is a big win for public safety statewide.


The Tennessee State Legislature is currently considering a “Guns-in-Parks” bill that, if passed, will block local bans on guns in Tennessee parks. This dangerous bill means anyone with a concealed-carry permit may carry guns in our parks and around our children and families. We call upon our legislators to reject this bill, for the health and safety of our children, and for all who recreate at Tennessee parks.

Why is this important?

Tennessee has a significant gun problem: some 453,000 Tennesseans hold concealed-carry (CCW) permits, many of whom own multiple guns. Thousands of others own guns without CCW permits. In just one year following the Sandy Hook tragedy, nine Tennessee children under 12 died from gun violence. Tennessee ranked third in the nation in children’s gun deaths in 2013 and sixth in the nation for accidental shooting deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tennessee boasts some of the most beautiful parks our nation has to offer where countless Tennesseans and their families recreate—on the playgrounds, ball fields, hiking trails, and waterways.

As parents, we make it a point to choose safe locations for our children to play. Our parks are not only nature sanctuaries, they are sanctuaries for our children and should be the last place parents should worry about the threat of gun violence.

Many of our elected officials agree “Guns in Parks” is bad for Tennessee because it removes the power from the people in deciding what is best for their communities. Among them: Governor Bill Haslam (former Mayor of Knoxville); Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero; Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell; Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton and Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

Local cities and towns should retain the power to decide what is best for the parks they fund, maintain and enjoy. Please join me and the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in calling on the Tennessee State Legislature to oppose the “Guns-in-Parks” bill, for the health and safety of our children, and for all who recreate at Tennessee parks.

Tennessee, United States


Reasons for signing

  • This bill creates such a dangerous situation. I would rather encounter a bear than a startled fearful person with a gun.
  • Cities and towns in our state should retain the power to decide what is best for each one. It is all about our state government giving the people what they feel they need to protect their families. Cities and towns know that better than a legislature.


2016-08-22 14:27:46 -0700
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Petition is successful with 3,932 signatures

2014-04-15 15:53:30 -0700
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Petition is successful with 3,922 signatures

2014-03-18 06:52:51 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2014-02-24 10:26:42 -0800

500 signatures reached

2014-02-14 17:45:22 -0800

100 signatures reached

2014-02-14 07:26:56 -0800

50 signatures reached

2014-02-14 05:04:37 -0800

25 signatures reached

2014-02-13 20:37:51 -0800

10 signatures reached