Sponsor Makes Changes to Gun Bill

Mar 21, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — The Republican sponsor of a proposal that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.

Currently, the measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. But Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport says his new proposal will apply only to people with handgun carry permits and contain other exceptions.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Mark Hill is not impressed with the change.

"Really doesn’t change the fundamental issue here, which is a private property owner has the right to determine what happens on their property. In the case of a business, if they don’t want to have firearms on their property they aught ’a have the right to state that and to prevent that from happening.”

 Faulk’s original bill was discussed in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but the Senator decided to delay further consideration of the measure for one week.