On October 21, 2004, John Kerry went duck hunting in Mahoning County, Ohio,as reported in the Cincinatti Enquirer. Kerry was trying to convince gun owners that he was friendly to the Second Amendment. The Enquirer reported a news release from the NRA,
You can stage duck hunting photo-ops, but you can’t hide from your 20-year anti-gun, anti-hunting record.
Fast forward to January 9, 2010. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Mayor Bill Haslam had hunted ducks in West Tennessee without all the proper licenses. He reportedly failed to purchase the basic type 001 license, the minimum license required to fish and/or hunt small game.
The News-Sentinel reported that Haslam stated,
I just messed up.
Now, back up to October 27, 2009. I reported that the Knoxville City Council, with encouragement from Haslam, voted to keep Knoxville City Parks as Gun Free Zones. This was in spite of the fact that the State Legislature had overwhelmingly voted to allow Handgun Carry Permit holders to carry in State Parks. Note, too, that beginning Feb. 20, 2010, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will no longer be a Gun Free Zone.
This brings a question to mind, What might happen to a legally armed person from any of forty-eight states, sightseeing in picturesque downtown Knoxville, who accidentally strayed into Krutch Park. Would a local officer cite him under the 1962 ordinance (Chapter 20. Article III. Sec. 20-60), or just say, like the News-Sentinel headline said of Haslam,
No harm, no foul…
and give the errant citizen the opportunity to exit the park quietly?
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