Senate committee OKs campus guns-in-parking-lots bill

A state Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that would prohibit state colleges and universities from taking “any adverse or disciplinary action” against employees or students with handgun-carry permits for transporting or storing guns in their vehicles on an institution’s campus, reports the News Sentinel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred action on three other gun bills, at their sponsors’ requests, that were also scheduled for review Tuesday.

…Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, sponsor of the bill that won the committee’s approval, said his bill is intended to enforce provisions of the guns-in-parking-lots law approved two years ago. That law allows handgun-carry permit holders to keep their guns in their locked vehicles on their public and private employers’ parking lots, even if it is against the employers’ policies. That act did not explicitly cite public college and university campuses.

Kelsey’s Senate Bill 1991 adds a new provision to state law governing public colleges and universities declaring: “No public postsecondary institution shall take any adverse or disciplinary action against an employee or student of the postsecondary institution for such person’s transportation and storage of a firearm or firearm ammunition in compliance with (the guns-in-parking-lots act) while on or using a parking area located on property owned, used, or operated by the postsecondary institution.”