Tennessee gun bills headed to summer of study

photo The Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - The dispute over controversial guns-in-parking-lots legislation turned into a running, daylong firefight in the Legislature on Tuesday, starting with the Tennessee Firearms Association chief's call for the political crucifixion of a top Republican who opposes the measures.

The remarks drew angry denunciations from other Republicans, including House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, who described Firearms Association Executive Director John Harris' behavior as "bizarre."

Later in the day, the Republican-controlled House Calendar and Rules Committee met in a sometimes-raucous session and voted to ship the measures off for summer study.

But whether that kills the bills, one of which strips employers of their ability to ban employees with handgun-carry permits from storing weapons in their locked vehicles, remains to be seen.