Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tennessee Governor Amends 'Guns in Parking Lots' Law to Protect Workers

Local news

There’s an arms race playing out in Nashville, where lawmakers have been fighting for and against the rights of workers to take guns to work.

The Second Amendment spat began in 2013, when Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the controversial “Guns in Parking Lots" bill. But the original law, which stated citizens with permits to carry guns can keep them in their cars on company property even if the employer bars them, only protected citizens against prosecution, not firing. The Tennessee Firearms Association dubbed the law the “Lose Your Job if You Commute Act.”

Now, pro-gun politicians say they have fixed the law.

“No employer shall discharge or take any adverse employment action against an employee solely for transporting or storing a firearm or firearms ammunition in an employer parking area,” reads an amended version of the bill, signed into law earlier this month by Haslam, a Republican.


  1. So as long as it's a legal item, it's ok in the car. For example, it might be against company rules to possess alcohol on their property, but if you have some in your car for whatever reason, there likely isn't much risk of firing.
    In Minnesota, this issue was fixed when the shall issue permit system was adopted by not allowing such restrictions in parking lots so there is a place to lock up your firearm if you need to go into a venue that posts no carry signs.

  2. It appears that some more public property will actually be public as of today.

    "Despite opposition from gun control groups, metro mayors and state Dems to veto legislation expanding concealed carry rights in parks across the state, Gov. Bill Haslam publicly signed it into law Friday."