published Monday, February 11th, 2013

Tennessee Senate passes guns in parking lots bill

NASHVILLE — Senators this evening overwhelmingly approved a bill letting Tennessee’s 370,000 handgun-carry permit holders store firearms in vehicles parked on almost all public and privately own lots, despite owners or employers wishes.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, passed 28-5.

Businesses, including Volkswagen, have raised concerns about safety and infringement on their private property rights.

Members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee are expected to take up the bill on Wednesday.

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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