2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:10 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Ramsey Chides Chamber of Commerce for Gun Focus

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is chiding the state’s Chamber of Commerce for focusing on a bill guaranteeing workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.  Ramsey told the group Wednesday there are far more important business issues pending in the Legislature, like making it easier to deny unemployment insurance to fired employees.  While the Republican acknowledged the guns-in-parking-lots measure involves prickly property rights issues, he says he expects to reach a compromise on the matter.  Ramsey also criticized the Chamber's support for expanding pre-kindergarten funding when the state has implemented a series of education changes in recent years, including an end to teachers' collective bargaining rights.