House Civil Justice sub shoots down another gun bill

The House Civil Justice subcommittee, which killed some gun bills last week, on Wednesday voted down a measure that would have allowed people to store guns in the trunks of their cars while parked on school property.

From The Tennessean’s report:

As expected, Democratic Reps. Sherry Jones and Bill Beck, both D-Nashville, spoke against the guns-in-trunks bill (HB481). Jones said she couldn’t see a reason why anyone would need a gun — even in the trunk — on school property. Beck said his constituents voiced their opposition to the bill at a recent town hall.

Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, supported the measure, brought by fellow GOP Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma. Carter said the way the law is written now, a father might have to “hang a gun on a tree” to go onto a campus to pick up his child.

Subcommittee Chairman Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, said he was very reluctant to support the bill. He asked Matheny if he would support an amendment the Senate made to the bill; senators opted to change the bill so that it allowed guns in trunks only at colleges or universities.

Matheny said he wouldn’t support that amendment; Carter also told Matheny he wouldn’t support any changes to the bill.

Coley called for a voice vote and clearly voted against the bill. The chairman determined there were more votes against the bill. No one called for a roll call vote to determine the final vote tally.