A gun show operator and the state gun rights group is suing the Metro Nashville Fair Board contending they exceeded their authority in banning gun shows.

After hearing from a dozen local gun control advocates, Fair Commissioners voted 3-0 last December to refuse any new gun shows at their venue and is moved to cancel shows already booked more than 30 days out. The operator of the largest show, Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show, which has been renting fair space since the 1970s, last month warned a lawsuit could be on the way if the city stops hosting gun shows, but the board refused to rethink its decision pending new rules for gun show operators

Now the Tennessee Firearms Association, coupled with Goodman, have filed suit citing Tennessee law preempting local regulation of firearm sales.

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