published Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Parking lot guns bill withdrawn from House vote

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    Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell speaks with House Finance Chairman Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, on the House floor in Nashville on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

NASHVILLE — A proposal to give employers immunity from lawsuits if they allow workers to store guns in vehicles parked on company lots was withdrawn Wednesday before a full House vote could take place.

Republican Rep. Joshua Evans of Greenbrier sent the measure back to the House Judiciary Committee because of an earlier promise to return the measure to the panel if any major changes were attached on the floor.

Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass of Prospect proposed an amendment to impose a blanket ban on businesses from prohibiting workers with handgun carry permits to store their weapons in their vehicles.

The business lobby has argued that they should have the property right to refuse guns in their parking lots, but Bass said the same argument could be made for the right to store weapons in cars.

“In my opinion, my vehicle is my personal property,” he said.

Evans said the Bass amendment put him in a quandary, because he agrees with the notion that people should “be able to protect themselves on the way to and from work.”

But Evans said his proposal is a compromise that would “incentivize” business owners to drop gun bans they might have in place, without forcing the move onto them.

An attempt to kill the Bass amendment received only 35 positive votes in the 99-member chamber, so Evans sent the bill back to committee.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, of Blountville, has said he prefers going further than the lawsuit immunity proposal, citing the safety record of the state’s handgun carry permit holders.

Over the past two years, just 1,600 of about 308,000 permits have been revoked or suspended because of criminal charges or orders of protection in domestic violence cases.

“A gun permit holder should be able to take his gun and leave it in his locked automobile when he goes to work,” Ramsey said.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has also expressed support for the guns in parking lots measure.

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These people up here are so scared that it might get ruff like it is in New Orleans so now they are trying to pack guns around here like it's the wild..wild..west.

A gun can't save your butt all the time you better depend on the mighty hand of God to save you when it comes down to it.

Jesus never carried a strap he held on to the mighty hand of his loving father that is in heaven and choose the right route when he was fighting the forces of darkness in spiritual warfare against the devil Satan.

We can become a gun tolting society and blast each other into kingdom come. Will that solve the problems of crime and despair ?

Nope.......the only answer is living and serving the one who created us all and that is GOD ALMIGHTY !

April 30, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
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