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Gun bill expected to pass TN Senate today

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, left, talks with reporters on the opening day of the 108th General Assembly in Nashville, TN Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, left, talks with reporters on the opening day of the 108th General Assembly in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) -- Legislation granting handgun permit holders the right to take their weapons anywhere they wish — as long as the guns are kept inside a motor vehicle — may also put a new restriction on people who lack a permit, Gov. Bill Haslam suggests.

The bill sponsored by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (Senate Bill 142) is virtually assured of passage on the Senate floor tonight, and House Speaker Beth Harwell has predicted it will be approved by the House as well. The House companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, faces its first committee vote on Tuesday.

The measure applies to permit holders whose weapons are "kept from ordinary observation and locked within the trunk, glove box, or interior of the person's privately owned motor vehicle or a container securely affixed to such vehicle if the permit holder is not in the vehicle."

In that situation, the bill basically lets the permit holder — there are 371,800 of them in Tennessee, according to the preamble of the legislation — park his or her car anywhere with the gun inside. This includes the parking lot of businesses where guns are prohibited by company policy as well as schools and university campuses.

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