NEWS BRIEF: Music Midtown weapons ban challenged

Monroe County gun rights advocate in the city

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Should Everyone Here Have a Gun?: Music Midtown in Piedmont Park

A weapons ban at the upcoming Music Midtown event is being challenged by a Monroe County gun rights advocate who lost a similar legal fight with the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2014. Phillip Evans argues the Piedmont Park festival site is public land and therefore must permit the presence of firearms.

“I’m demanding that you revoke their permit to hold the event unless they agree to follow state law and rescind this policy,” Evans wrote in a May 4 letter to the City Department of Law. He also objects to a policy of searching festival attendees and has indicated he might challenge a weapons ban at the Cadence Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park. Music Midtown policy prohibits “weapons or explosives of any kind” on festival grounds, according to its website.