Haslam says he favors stripping guns-at-Capitol provision
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he favors House lawmakers stripping a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that would allow handgun carry permit holders to be armed on the grounds of the state Capitol.
The Republican governor told reporters Monday that the Capitol's safety and security officials have major concerns about the provision.
Haslam has expressed concerns about the guns-in-parks legislation in general. The proposal passed the House 65-21 last Monday. Two days later, the Senate added the Capitol provision to the companion bill and passed it 26-7.
The legislation now goes back to the House, where lawmakers will decide whether to strip the provision. The measure is on the House calendar for Monday evening.
If the guns-in-parks proposal comes to his desk, with or without the provision, the governor said he hasn't decided if he will veto it.
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