City to Review Policy on Display of Weapons at Themed Events

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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City to Review Policy on Display of Weapons at Themed Events

Posted: 03/01/2013
See below a statement from Mayor Madeline Rogero on the decorative or educational use or display of weapons at public events:

"There have been recent inquiries about whether the City's restriction on weapons in public parks applies to historical re-enactments or themed events, such as a proposed Pirate Festival. As currently written, our ordinance does rule out the carrying or use of real weapons even in those cases.

"I have directed our Law Department and Visit Knoxville to review that ordinance and work with event sponsors to determine how to allow such events to safely take place. We are committed to ensuring public safety in all of our City parks. At the same time, we welcome events that are educational or offer swashbuckling fun, and that promote Knoxville as an attractive tourist destination."