Knoxville police ban guns from upcoming white supremacist rally
By Andrew Shepperson
The Fort Sanders Confederate monument in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo: Change.org)
Knoxville Police have banned guns and other weapons from an upcoming Confederate monument protest expected to draw white supremacists and counter protesters this Saturday.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and the police department announced the decision Wednesday, saying that all guns and other weapons will be prohibited from the designated demonstration area at the Fort Sanders monument honoring Confederate soldiers. To comply with state law, all participants will be screened with metal detectors and subject to wanded security checks.
“Our officers will be there to maintain order and ensure that everybody is free to speak their piece,” Mayor Rogero said. “These are volatile times, and I strongly urge everyone to refrain from antagonism. We can have these discussions as a community without resorting to angry rhetoric or violence.”
Other banned items include masks or any type of face covering, shields, poles, sticks, water bottles, drink containers, coolers, beverages and food. Signs and flags will be prohibited if they are attached to a pole or stick or anything else that can be used as a weapon.
While Tennessee issues permits for the open and concealed-carry of firearms, Lincoln Memorial University professor of law Stewart Harris told WBIR News that city