Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Democrats Say They'll Try to Scale Back Guns-in-Cars Bill

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
  • Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
The guns-in-cars bill is up in the full House tomorrow on its last stop toward becoming law, and Democrats say they will offer a slew of amendments for the supermajority to bat down effortlessly. One exempts parking lots at elementary schools, colleges, vocational and technical centers, preschools and day-care centers. Another would require handgun permit owners to notify their employers when they bring their weapons onto their premises.

Reporters yawned their way through a press conference on the amendments this afternoon. Said House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh:

This is a major and radical change in Tennessee's long-held policy of protecting the rights of property owners. We know the majority wants to pass this bill and they want to pass it quickly. It's made a pretty quick dash through the Senate and the House. In one committee in the House, the bill came out in less than six minutes. So we don't know how long we'll have as a minority party tomorrow to voice our concerns about this bill. That's why we're here today.

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