City Council Says "No" To Handguns on Greenway System

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A rather routine meeting ended up becoming an all-out debate of the 2nd amendment at Thursday night's meeting of the Murfreesboro city council.

City Manager Rob Lyons began the evening with an update on the feedback for the city's new comprehensive plan, which he says so far has been positive, and plentiful...


Additionally, ordinances to both annex and zone an area located along Old Fort Parkway/Franklin Road both failed upon second reading, and the city passed the Tax Rate Ordinance upon first reading.

However, it was hearing from the city attorney with regards to the proposed right to carry guns on greenways that drew the night's biggest discussion. Currently, firearms are not allowed in the city's parks, however, there is a somewhat blurred line between which parts of the greenway system are considered parks area and which are not. To this end, a resolution was brought up which would still enforce the handgun ban in parks and school zones, but not along the greenway system. Lively debate was initiated between many council members, and even Police Chief Glenn Chrisman...

Councilwoman Scales-Harris:


Councilman Gilley:


Chief Chrisman responds to council's questions:


Ultimately, the measure was voted down, and for the time being at least, handguns will remain off of the greenway.

Finally, the group issued a congratulations to councilman Toby Gilley on his recent election victory, and best wishes for his nearing departure...


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