When I look further into the TN State Parks site, they list their policies, including the following. It seems to coincide with the state's stance on concealed permit holders, but doesnt mention "residents."
Public Chapter 428 – Handguns in Parks – This act permits a resident who has a valid handgun carry permit to possess a handgun while within the boundaries of any park and other similar public places owned and operated by the state, county, or city, excluding certain natural areas, historic parks, nature trails, wildlife management areas. Local governments may elect by a majority resolution of the local legislative body to prohibit gun carry permit holders from possessing handguns in local parks.
Effective Date: Permitting municipalities and counties to enact prohibition ordinances – June 12, 2009
Effective Date: Carrying guns in federal and state parks – June 12, 2009
Effective Date: Carrying guns in municipal or county parks unless prohibited – September 1, 2009
To further complicate things, our campground(car camping this time around) is run by the Tenessee Valley Authority. From what I know, the campgrounds are still within the state park. I'm not sure if my rights are negatively affected by the overseeing authority, since I cant find anything through the TVA site regarding firearms. By the way, "the Tennessee Valley Authority is a federal corporation and the nation’s largest public power company."
Firearms, traps and other weapons
Exceptions to weapons prohibition provided below.
In park, natural, and historical areas the use of traps, seines, handthrown spears, nets (except landing nets), firearms (including air and gas powered pistols and rifles), blow guns, bows and arrows or crossbows, and any other implements designed to discharge missiles in the air or under the water which are capable of destroying animal life is prohibited. The possession of such objects or implements is prohibited unless they are unloaded and adequately cased, or broken down or otherwise packed in such a way as to prevent their use while in the park areas.
* Exception 1: Shooters may use recreational target shooting ranges available for skeet, trap and bow and arrow target shooting within a park area as long as these weapons are properly cased when not on the range.
* Exception 2: Authorized Federal, State, County and City law enforcement officers may carry firearms in the performance of their official duties.
* Exception 3: Persons using park area facilities while participating in authorized open or managed hunts within the park areas or beyond, may use and possess firearms under the specific rules and regulations pertaining to the authorized hunt and only in the authorized hunting zones or compartments.
* Exception 4: While State Parks' rules and regulations prohibit firearm possession and use, Public Chapter 428 of 2009 created an exception in state firearms law that allows individuals with a valid "carry permit" under TCA § 39-17-1351 to carry a handgun within the boundaries of all state parks. While this new law makes an exception for possession, it does not make exception to the use of a firearm. Discharging a weapon in non-designated areas of our parks is still an offense. If a permit holder fires a weapon in self-defense, the holder bears the burden of proof to avoid potential charges under "prohibited firearm use."