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GOP leader: 1-time school use enough to ban guns in Tenn. parks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar handgun carry permit holders from being armed in parks, playgrounds and ballfields says even the one-time use for a school function would be enough to restore a gun ban.

In a contentious news conference at the legislative office on Thursday, House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin argued that the bill does not change current law barring all guns from being carried in facilities owned, maintained or used by a school.

Casada said schools that use a park running track, playground or ballfield could post a sign banning guns.

House leaders said they plan to reject a Senate amendment to allow guns at the Capitol complex.