The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, July 22, 2009, Page 3
Whether it’s aquestion of the right tobear arms or concerns tokeep children safe wherethey play, Mt. Juliet citycommissioners have a lot to weigh Monday night, whenthey are scheduled to vote whether or not to opt out of a new state law that allowspeople with permits to carrytheir weapons into publicparks.City and countygovernmentshave the rightto exempt theirareas from thenew law. Lebanoncommissioners were set to voteon the measureat their meetingon Tuesday, July 21. The City of Mt. Juliet’s Parks Board metrecently, noted District 2Commissioner and ViceMayor Will Sellers at the July13 commission meeting,and voted unanimously tosend a recommendationto the full city commissionto opt out of the new law.He added that the advisoryboard felt no need for weapons in public parks.District 4Commissioner JimBradshaw said Mondaythat he, too, would vote toopt out of the new law.“I’m not voting forguns in parks,” Bradshawsaid. “I go to the parks andthe sports events a lot, andI feel, and I think mostpeople feel, comfortable inthat setting as it is now.Why change things?”Mt. Juliet MiddleSchool football coach BarryEddings, who also helps with Mt. Juliet High Schoolbaseball, said Tuesdaythat to his knowledge gunsare prohibited on schoolcampuses unless a personis a law enforcement of
cerand alerts the school’sStudent Resource Of
cer(SRO). Eddings said hepersonally doesn’t thinkpeople should be able tohave weapons in parks,even if they have a permit,and that guns should bekept in their cars.“Bringing a guninto a park with kids is liketaking guns into a bar,”Eddings remarked, “you’re just asking for trouble.”Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett said Tuesdaythat Metro councilors wereset to vote on the issuethat night as well, and thathe believes that “guns donot belong in places wherechildren play.”“I’m not trying to challenge2nd Amendment rights oranything,” Garrett noted.“That’s just my personalbelief.”Mt. Juliet LittleLeague parent and coach Todd Goodwin is also onthe Little League’s boardof directors. He said on Tuesday that the LittleLeague currently has a “nogun” policy both for safetyconcerns and because of some undeveloped propertynear the parks in whichpeople park in during theoff-season.“I am certain the MJLittle League Park Board of Directors will be addressingthe recent legislationconcerning
rearms by those who possess permits tocarry them to enter parks,”Goodwin commented viaemail on Tuesday. “As ourpark is not a public park,but is owned by our non-pro
t organization, we will need to investigate todevelop the appropriatepolicy. Currently wehave a ‘No dogs, bikes orskateboards’ policy dueto safetyconcerns. To myknowledge,
rearms areprohibitedas well. Asa parent andcoach, I trust our Board will implement the correctpolicy for the park withinlegal guidelines.”At the July 13 citycommission meeting,District 1 Commissioner,and former MJPD chief, Ted Floyd urged hisconstituents to contact him with their questions andconcerns. Bradshaw onMonday said he had heardfrom
ve people – four whoare against opting out of thelaw and want guns to bepermitted in parks and one who is opposed to it.District 3Commissioner Ed Hagertysaid via email this weekthat he will be voting not toopt out.“Why? Becausesimply passing a law and
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MJ commissioners to vote on guns in parks next week: local ofﬁcials, parents sound off
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“Simply passing a law and posting a signwill be obeyed only by law abiding citizens.Criminals will still carry.” --- D3 Commissioner Ed Hagerty