September 10, 2015 URGENT CALL TO ACTION! KNOXVILLE indicating it will IGNORE state law that allows handgun permit holders to carry in public parks!
The Tennessee Valley Fair has notified the public that the fair is posted, stating on page two of their Fair Guidebook: "Please note: no weapons of any kind are permitted at Chilhowee Park. All entrants are subject to search.. ."
Chilhowee Park is owned by the City of Knoxville. State of Tennessee now prohibits by law the City from regulating the possession of firearms in local parks based on a law passed in 2015 that is now in effect.
The Tennessee Attorney General issued a formal opinion concluding that a local government may not ban handgun permit holders from carrying their handguns in the public parks (with a limited exception that is not relevant to the fair). Further, the AG concluded that the state law now prohibits an event that rents or uses the public park from banning firearms in the park.