House Republicans plan to stick to their guns on amendment removal

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, confers with colleagues and staff in the House chamber in Nashville on Feb. 4, 2015.
photo House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, confers with colleagues and staff in the House chamber in Nashville on Feb. 4, 2015.

NASHVILLE -- House Republican leaders on Thursday defended their plans to strip a Senate amendment from a bill which originally allowed handgun-carry permit holders to go armed in local parks but now also lets them go armed in the state "Capitol complex."

"It was poorly drafted and it jeopardizes the entire bill," House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, told reporters during a news conference with other top GOP leaders Thursday. The amended bill will come up again in next week's House session.

Harwell said the amendment would impact "all the security we have everywhere. It's not just the Capitol.