After much discussion on Monday, Tennessee state senators voted to pass the guns in cars bill 28-5.
The bill allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder's privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with Father Joseph Breen of Saint Edward Elementary School on Monday who said he is very concerned by the proposed bill.
“I don't think it makes anything safer by doing so. I think it makes a more dangerous environment if you get fired and you're angry or you have a difficulty at work,” he said. “I think innocent victims would be the ones who would suffer the most.”
Father Breen added even though the bill only applies to hand gun carry permit holders, which requires a person to complete a handgun safety class, be fingerprinted, have proof of citizenship, as well as a photo ID and pay a permit fee of $115, he still has fears.
“You can have a gun and be more harmful to the surrounding environment that it would be helpful,” he said.
This is the closest this bill has ever gotten to becoming law.
The bill will next move to the house next Wednesday.
- Feb. 8, 2013: Business owners against guns in cars bill
- Feb. 7, 2013: Parking lot guns bill to be up in Senate on Monday
- Feb. 5, 2013: State lawmakers take another look at 'Guns in Cars'
- Dec. 5, 2012: Gun battle looms again at Tennessee capitol
- March 20, 2012: Vote on guns in parking lots bill delayed
- March 6, 2012: Business leaders urge lawmakers to reject guns in parking lot bill
- Feb. 23, 2012: Tenn. lawmakers debate parking lot gun bill