Gun Rights Bills Advance

Two gun rights bills advanced in the Senate this week with the Judiciary Committee passing SB 3002, which prohibits employers from banning the storage of firearms in cars on company lots, and the Commerce Committee passing SB 2992, which prohibits employment discrimination based ownership, storage, transportation or possession of a firearm. Both bills are sponsored by Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill. As expected, SB 3002 was amended to only cover gun carry permit holders. Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, further amended the bill to include licensed hunters over 21. Another amendment added exemptions for single-family homes, nuclear facilities and U.S. Department of Energy sites, such as one in Oak Ridge. TN Report has the story