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Governor Haslam predicts failure on gun bill

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NASHVILLE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he doesn't expect bills doing away with public and private employers' right to ban firearms on their parking lots will pass the Legislature, although the measures were approved by a House committee.

"I know it's not acceptable to me and I don't think it is to the [House] speaker or the lieutenant governor, as well," Haslam said. "I just don't think it will make its way through the committees and get voted on and approved on the floor."

But gun-rights proponents say they intend to bring new pressure to bear on legislative leaders in their quest to let state handgun-carry permit holders store their guns in vehicles parked on company parking lots as well as at public and private K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

The amended National Rifle Association-drafted measures, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Bass, D-Prospect, were approved by the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee on voice votes

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