Gov. Haslam won't alter stance on barring handguns inside Tennessee state Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol downtown Nashville. Photo by Ricky Rogers (The Tennessean) 4/27/2000

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he has no intention of changing his administration's stance on barring handgun-carry permit holders from bringing their weapons into Tennessee's state Capitol despite lawmakers' decision to let them carry in their new home in the Cordell Hull Building.

"It's not something that we'll propose at all," the Republican governor told reporters Monday. "It [Cordell Hull] is their building. They have full control of it and they get to decide to do that."

"Again, our point would be that the Capitol would remain as it has in the past," the governor said.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell, both Republicans, announced last week they would allow permit holders to carry firearms in Cordell Hull.

Haslam issued a statement the same day saying firearms would remain off limits in the Capitol, and his remarks Monday show he has no intention of backing off that.