‘Guns in Trunks’ law to take effect July 1

'Guns in Trunks' law to take effect July 1 (Image 1)

The 'Guns in Trunks' law, which was passed by the Tennessee legislature after years of debate, goes into effect Monday.

The law makes it so that a valid gun permit holder can legally transport a loaded firearm inside their vehicle and lock it away in the holder's private parking lot.

However, depending on where a permit holder may work, keeping a loaded gun inside their vehicle may be against company policy.

After Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the legislation, the Attorney General issued an opinion saying the law does not prohibit a business from terminating an employee for bringing a firearm onto company property.

Chris Smith, a firearms instructor at Guns and Leather in Greenbrier, said the new law does not address the issue of property rights versus the right to bear arms.

“If I own personal property or a business, I should have the right to say what can come onto my property,” Smith said. “But as a Tennessee permit holder, I should also have the ability to defend myself.”

The legislature will likely debate the 'Guns in Trunks' law again during the next regular session.

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