published Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Tennessee Senate panel OKs guns in cars bill

NASHVILLE — Tennessee handgun-permit holders and licensed hunters over age 21 will be allowed to store weapons in their locked vehicles parked on public lots, including schools, as well as parking lots owned by retailers, factories and other businesses under legislation moving in the Senate.

The bill, intended as a compromise between businesses and the National Rifle Association, passed the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee on a 6-1 vote with two other lawmakers abstaining.

It now goes to the Senate floor.

The bill now only excludes gun owners from keeping their vehicles at nuclear facilities.

Businesses immediately denounced the compromise.

The bill has yet to move in the House. House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, said she was not aware of what came through the Senate panel and could not immediately comment.

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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