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Take your gun to the ballgame

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Given all the tempers that flare during youth sports events, maybe having everyone leave their guns at home might be a good idea, yes?

That’s what the Tennessee Secondary Schools’ Athletic Association thought when it requested a ban on guns at its Spring Fling, an Olympic-style festival involving all five spring sports tournaments. It announced it would ban guns from state and local parks where events would be held, even though on Sept. 1 a law goes into effect saying that people can bring their (legally registered) gun to any damn state and local park they please, unless the local municipality pussies out, er, passes its own firearms restrictions.

The association backed down on its ban, saying its lawyers have told it not to make a stand. It’s always great when lawyers advise us not to do what’s right. Well, I’m sure some gun owners called the association offices with some not-too-kind words, either.

So if you’re going to a youth sporting event in Tennessee, I would advise you to watch who you’re arguing with. Or bring a really big-ass gun.


Written by rkcookjr

July 9, 2009 at 12:32 am

Posted in Sports

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  1. I was a reporter in TN for a few years and let me tell you, you do NOT want to get between Tennesseans and their guns. The state ranks lowest in everything from elementary math scores to health indicators, but the legislature spends more time on Jesus in school and reinforcing the 2nd Amendment. Weird place.

    P.J. Tobia

    July 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

  2. […] Before you bring your big-ass gun to a youth sports event in Tennessee, you’d better check with the local constabulary first. That’s because some Tennessee localities are already taking advantage of a loophole in a law, effective Sept. 1, that allows handgun permit owners to carry guns into any public park. […]

  3. […] I predict Hain’s death will be picked over by those who support gun control, and those who do not. And like with abortion, no one will change their opinion. Certainly not in Tennessee, where you’re allowed by law — except if overruled by local government — to bring your gun to any youth sports event held in any park. […]

  4. […] Note: North Scarborough is in Canada, so that’s why they’re all weenies just because some guy brandished a gun while going apeshit on a referee after a game. Hey, in Tennessee, that action has the official approval of the state legislature! […]

  5. […] Tennessee, meanwhile, legislators are trying to get rid of a local opt-out for a state law that allows concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns […]

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