published Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Democrat Eddie Bass intends to press for guns-in-parking lots bill today

NASHVILLE — The House Democratic sponsor of controversial guns-in-parking lots legislation said this morning he intends to bring the measures up later today in the Calendar and Rules Committee.

Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Prospect, said he doesn’t know if he has the votes to move the National Rifle Association-drafted bills through the Republican-controlled panel, but he intends to try.

“I’m just going to put it out there and see where it goes,” he said.

In a closed-door caucus meeting Monday night, House Republicans agreed to oppose the legislation, which has pitted gun-rights advocates against business groups and colleges.

One bill strips businesses, colleges and K-12 schools of their ability to ban guns stored by employees, students or visitors in their locked vehicles parked on their lots. The other bill prevents employers from discriminating against gun owners.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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