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This morning, she reports that Gov. Bill Haslam says he's willing to considering re-opening the discussion about the guns-in-lots law Republicans passed last year, despite having said previously that he'd had enough of gun play at the legislature. An opinion from Attorney General Bob Cooper undercut the legislation, and some Republicans are expected to push to change the law accordingly.
Haslam says he'll talk to the Ron Ram about it.
From AZ at the NP, after the jump:
“We haven’t sat down and decided if something will happen this year. And I actually haven’t had that conversation with the lieutenant governor either, in terms of whether he’ll bring up something this year or not,” Haslam said.
“Ron and I will have that conversation sometime probably this fall about whether that’s the right thing to do or not,” he added.
The opinion by Attorney General Bob Cooper suggests the law won’t prevent employers from firing employees who legally store their firearms in their vehicle parked on work property, which flies in the face of what Republicans in the legislature had intended the law do.
Haslam told reporters in May the state has done “all we need to, at least for now,” on changing the state’s gun laws and said he did not want to see more changes come next year.
Ramsey spokesman, Adam Kleinheider tells the Post that, in light of the AG's opinion, "legislation will likely be introduced and the lieutenant governor will likely vote for it.”
So what is it he and the governor need to talk about again?