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    I posted this in the TN section but not much interest apparently. So I thought I'd let my fellow Kentuckians know what I found while getting some R&R down south. I know a lot of us like to venture south for a little get away and scenic hiking while making sure we can defend ourselves.

    We went hiking on several trails in the NP, and at the entrance to each one I kept seeing this sign:

    For something that is void, they all looked pretty new.

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    So, um, no taking your dog for a bike ride while target shooting with a .22?
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    No, it means no dogs are allowed to shoot at bicyclists using auto-loaders.

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    I was just doing some research, and found this interesting paragraph on tennessee.gov:

    Because signage prohibiting the possessing of firearms while
    within or on a public park, natural area, historic park, nature trail,
    campground, forest, greenway, waterway or other similar public place that
    is owned or operated by the state, or instrumentality thereof, and posted
    pursuant to § 39-17-1311, prior to July 1, 2009, remains necessary for
    visitors who are not authorized to carry a firearm pursuant to subsection
    (b), the department shall not replace or change any existing signs that
    prohibit firearms or erect any new signs at existing state areas relative to
    firearms. However, the department may replace or repair signs that have
    been damaged or are scheduled for replacement in accordance with the
    park’s regular replacement schedule.
    IANAL, but my reading of that says "we're keeping the signs up because people without permits still can't possess firearms in the park."

    http://www.tennessee.gov/safety/handgun/handguntca.htm

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    Good call srwalter. That's how I'm reading it... Just in a way its misleading, it may make other license holders nervous and decide not to carry just to be safe. In a way, I think thats what they're hoping for

    The only thing I can say is if they wish to convey that message (Without a license you cannot carry a firearm) Then it should say so.

    NO FIREARMS PERMITTED (WITHOUT PROPER PERMIT/LICENSE)

    Just my .2 cents

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