Tennessee House passes guns-in-parking lots bill

Tennessee House passes guns-in-parking lots bill

February 28th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

The Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - The House today approved a bill allowing Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to store their firearms legally in vehicles parked on almost all parking lots in the state.

Their 72 to 22 vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

"I believe this bill is testament to hard work, thoughtful consideration and common-sense compromise," the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, told the House.

Republicans beat down an array of amendments, rejecting Democratic amendments that sought to prevent employers from still being able to fire workers as well as other efforts to exclude schools, prisons, mental institutions and other institutions from the bill's provisions.

Under the legislation, employers still retain the right to fire employees for any reason, a provision that has upset some Second Amendment advocates.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, said that nonetheless, the bill goes too far.

He warned that "today we're telling businesses they must allow guns on their property, and the question is, what will we do next?"