Tennessee cities reluctantly comply with new law allowing guns on buses
By Andrew Shepperson
Tennessee cities are working to implement a new law that allows handgun permit holders in the state to carry their firearms onto public transportation.
The Associated Press reported that Tennessee’s four major cities — Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis — intend to comply with the law, which took effect July 1, but have so far posted vaguely worded rules that may leave riders confused as to what the policy actually is.
Transit authorities in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga put the onus on riders to educate themselves on who’s allowed to carry guns, while Memphis authorities are still revising the wording of their policies but have begun allowing permit holders to carry firearms.
Nashville has changed its transit system’s code of conduct to only ban weapons that are “unauthorized,” but does not mention the new law.
Chattanooga’s revised transit policy mentions the law without explaining what it actually means in practice, while Knoxville signs were changed with similarly vague wording.
Lisa Maragnano, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority executive director, implied such wording was purposeful.
“We will comply with the law, we won’t encourage it,” she said in an email.
The new law, backed strongly by the National Rifle Association and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam in May, calls for cities and