It's been the year of the gun in Tennessee. In a flurry of legislative action, handgun owners won the right to take their weapons onto sports fields and playgrounds and, at least briefly, into bars.
A change in leadership at the state Capitol helped open the doors to the gun-related bills and put Tennessee at the forefront of a largely unnoticed trend: In much of the country, it is getting easier to carry guns.
A nationwide review by The Associated Press found that over the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the South and West, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.
Here's one example of common sense working in reverse.
Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Utah have made it illegal for businesses to bar their employees from storing guns in cars parked on company lots.
Even pro-gun writers have often said storing guns in cars is one of the least secure methods, but when it comes down to a common sense choice of leaving the gun at home or taking it to work and leaving it in the car, guess what happens. Is that to protect themselves against armed criminals with road rage on the drives to and from work? Or is it just in case they witness a bank robbery while driving past the bank?
Meanwhile, the cars are stolen or broken into.
There are many other examples. What seems to be happening is the NRA-backed initiatives across the country do not take anything into account except whether the law is pro gun or not. A victory is a victory. It's bad news.
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