published Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Tennessee lawmakers argue over guns-at-work bill

NASHVILLE — Gun rights and property rights advocates clashed on the House floor today over legislation encouraging employers to let workers with handgun-carry permits keep firearms in their vehicles while parked on company property.

The bill sought to nudge employers into allowing workers to store weapons in their locked vehicles by exempting them from lawsuits arising from any incident.

But Second Amendment proponents argued the bill did not go far enough. They sought to amend it in order to force employers to let permit holders keep their guns in vehicles.

“In my opinion, my vehicle is my personal property,” said Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Prospect, who offered the amendment mandating that permit holders could keep weapons in their vehicles.

In a show of gun advocates’ strength, efforts to table Bass’ amendment failed on a 51-35 vote. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Evans, R-Greenbrier, sent the bill back to the Judiciary Committee.

Earlier, Evans told Bass he agreed with him and noted that his bill originally did have an employer mandate. But Evans said a number of lawmakers felt ordering employers to let workers store weapons in their vehicles went “too far.”

As part of an agreement to get the bill through the Judiciary Committee, Evans said, he had committed to swap the mandate for the incentive. He said he had also committed to not pushing the bill at all if the mandate was included.

For complete details, see 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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nucanuck said...

It's simply unfair to make an angry employee drive all the way home to get a weapon to deal with a twitt of a supervisor who made him/her angry.

April 27, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

Anyone who agrees with this bill is just completely out of touch with reality and irresponsible! That's exactly what we need in America, a bunch of pished off people driving around with easy access to a weapon. The day this is allowed is the day I'll telecommute for work.

April 27, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.
chet123 said...

Tennessee have some of the most idiotic legislators in the world(remember the road kill it ok to eat road kill)..thsese are country hillbillies....on this issue about guns is why i come down on the church(claim to be pro-life..that a joke)they have the influence in the community, but they hide and condone with their silence or open suport of idiotic legeslators,,for these legislators are all out of christian churches(mostly small rural community)...they could not run or win an election without support of their churches..then on sunday some hypocrite preacher stand up in the pulpit like hes the mouth piece of GOD...when some child is accidently shot in the eye or killed by a license GUN carring fool because child in line of fire...preacher and that community want the whole world to bow down in prayer...LOL LOL LOL its bad when the mind is reprobated... It makes me want to throw up..such foolishness out of the church....oh yeah WHAT WOULD JESUS DO!! i dont think a certain segment of churches even give a DARN#!!!! ps that not the word I really wanted to use!!!!

April 27, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
Sailorman said...

Here it comes - All the knee jerk blood will run in the streets rhetoric. Hasn't happened before - wouldn't happen now. Anyone who thinks this bill will change anything is the one out of touch with reality. You can be sure of a few things:

The legal HCP holders, provably some of the safest folks in the state (ahead of even the police), will abide by the law however it turns out.

The criminals will continue to do what they wish.

Those who believe another law will make a difference will continue to ignore reality.

April 27, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

excuse me SAILORMAN...You talk almost in if criminal are from planet X or another species..and license gun carrier are from Planet Z and they are the good species.if this was an ideal world it would reality you have the potential to be a,lawyer,even policeman, minsters, someone who have had a bad day,,,or a husband who wife run off with best Friend...or a worker wake up mad because manager cut his pay by 40%...anyone have the potential of going talk like license gun carrier are Guardian have to be living in a "fairy land" and "mother goose world" to even think such...that why when you have these fatality in chattanooga...i want every to mourn...i say look in the mirror at your are the problem

April 27, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
chet123 said...

that why we have wars and conflicts...our leaders elected have no can not have a civil society,,,with foolish leader because to every action theres a reaction....tennessee dont have leaders with wisdom...thanks to the so called church

April 27, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian4freedom you have that potential brother....dont think too high of yourself

April 27, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.
chet123 said...

i love guns libertarian4...but i bet you would not let a stranger in your house at night carrying a 9M....or let your wife ride from her job to her home with me carrying a 45....or allow a customer(young black man)wearing a hooded sweater and dark sun glasses in your convinece store late at nite(eventhough he had license)....or let your workers who you been giving hell to come to work packing(eventhoght he have license),,,NO YOU WOULDNT!!! so dont lie that you would....

April 27, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
JJSwiontek said...

A friend of mine who was a co-worker was gunned-down in the parking lot of where we worked. It was not a robbery. It may have been a gang initiation. The murder is still not solved. The perp may still be out there. It may or may not have contributed that my company has established all company property as a "gun-free zone". The company considers the occasional death of an employee an acceptable risk as long as it cannot be sued for permitting employees to possibly defend themselves.

I really miss Barb...

April 28, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.
Jarhead1982 said...

Poor chet, guess with such an absolutist belief of yours, the following must surely be true.

Since one priest committed pedophilia, all priests are automatically pedophiles and should all be jailed and prosecuted eh?

Since "many" police officers have killed, raped, robbed, etc, etc all police are automatically felons and all should be jailed right?

Here is an even better one, since aid's was first noticed in the gay community, and aid's is such a scarey virus, all gay people should be forced to come out of the closet for the public safety. Gays should be made to wear a mark and be separated from the "normal" people all in the interest of public safety based on your unsubstantiated/irrelevant beliefs.

Maybe you should ask the surviving Jews in WW2 Europe how that turned out eh?

Hey chetnuts maybe you can actually show some real government data. That would make you the most unique anti in world history. The first to ever have real government data that showed people who carried concealed were not 12,000 to 25,000 times less likely than a doctor to kill you.

April 28, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
chet123 said...

JARHEAD...listening to you talk and shoot that mouth off....thats why it would not be safe for civil society to have people walking around strapped....i know this make insecured people like yourself feel important.Buddy..the way you shoot that mouth off...someone will call your bluff....then you will be sitting in prison rotten for no reason at all...

May 18, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
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