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Sponsor of guns in TN parking lots bill to amend it
The Republican sponsor of a proposal letting workers in Tennessee 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. The original bill was up in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Senator Mike Faulk decided to delay it a week. The measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit. It would also apply to any private or public parking lot, meaning guns could be stored at schools or colleges. Representatives from the state attorney general's office told the panel that the current proposal is, in their words, "constitutionally defensible." Faulk says the new proposal will apply only to people with handgun carry permits and contain other exceptions.