published Friday, March 15th, 2013

Tennessee gun bill signed into law

Governor Bill Haslam answers questions in this file photo.
Governor Bill Haslam answers questions in this file photo.
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows Tennessee’s handgun-carry permit holders to store firearms in vehicles on most private and public parking lots.

The law takes effect July 1.

House members gave final approval to the measure last month on a 72-22 vote. Senators approved it previously, voting 28-5 in favor.

Haslam’s signing of the legislation comes amid continuing questions about the law’s impact on employers’ ability to discipline workers who store weapons in their vehicle.

The Associated Press has reported that Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and four other GOP co-sponsors on Thursday submitted a letter for inclusion in the Senate Journal elaborating on their legislative intent. In the House, sponsors said the law would allow employers to discipline and even fire workers who violate no-gun policies.

Read more in 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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