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April 06, 2015

Bang, you're wet!

This report ends up a lot goofier than it starts out.

House bill bans fake guns — not real guns — near schools

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night that makes it illegal to take a squirt gun — but not a real gun — within 150 feet of a school.

The new ban was included in a larger bill that would nix any local laws prohibiting people with gun permits from taking guns to parks.

The federal "Guns Free School Zones" act makes it illegal for anyone who doesn't a have permit from taking a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. If that person has a permit from the state in which the school is located, though, they can take the gun near school property, the law states. [...]

Cothren noted the federal "Gun Free School Zones" act as to why real guns were not included in the amendment.

"There's no need to include real guns in the amendment because it is already covered. The amendment added additional weapons to the list that aren't covered under other areas of state and federal law," he said.

Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Harrison, R-Rogersville, noted that he thought the amendment was included to address a particular situation in Nashville.

Leonard Embody, nicknamed the "Radnor Lake Rambo," has frequently scared schools and caused police to be called by walking around near schools with a bulletproof vest and a weapon. He's argued it's his right to make such a demonstration.

"That would I think keep situations like that from happening," Harrison said.

However, The Tennessean has reported that Embody has carried an AR-15, a large rifle, when he's around schools. If the gun is operational and he has a permit for the weapon, the new state amendment wouldn't apply.

If he carried a fake gun, he would be breaking the new law.

H.T. Paul

Posted by joke du jour at April 6, 2015 07:02 PM

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