How's this for a state legislative response to the Virginia Tech massacre? The House Judiciary Committee has just voted 6-4 to let Tennesseans carry six-shooters in playgrounds, parks, civic centers and zoos, among other publicly owned places.
The legislation by Rep. Frank Niceley, a Republican from Strawberry Plains, originally would have allowed the carrying of handguns by state permit holders in state parks. But it was amended to repeal the section of the law that forbids handguns on any property owned by the state or city and county governments.
Even Niceley said he was against letting people carry handguns on playgrounds. Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Briley, a Democrat from Nashville, proposed the amendment in a bit of legislative gamesmanship that may have backfired. Briley was apparently trying to embarrass the legislature's gun lovers. Instead, his amendment passed and the bill now is headed to the House floor.