Challenger says Chattanooga's Sen. Gardenhire was irresponsible to vote for 'guns in parks' law

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Chattanooga Assistant Chief of Police Glenn Scruggs speaks during a protest for Chattanooga area school Children on Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NASHVILLE - Democratic state Senate candidate Glenn Scruggs, an assistant Chattanooga police chief, says it was irresponsible for incumbent Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire to vote in support of a 2015 law allowing Tennesseans with state-issued handgun permits to go armed in parks.

In a video on his Twitter feed, Scruggs refers to a rally last weekend in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park where, he said, "folks were walking around with rifles out and pistols exposed.

"Coolidge Park - the same park where I take my son Jalen to play. The same park where you take your families to play and enjoy themselves as well," Scruggs said. "The imagery of that, the thought of me playing football and playing around with Jalen and looking over my shoulder and seeing armed people walk down the sidewalks with rifles and pistols out, I know it upset my family because we talked about it.