A Tennessee gun-rights group is firing at top Republican leaders for displaying insufficient enthusiasm for major changes to the “guns in parking lots” law enacted earlier this year, notes the Chattanooga TFP.
Tennessee Firearms Association Executive Director John Harris, in a recent letter to members, called it “shameful” that “the Republican establishment leadership plans to continue ignoring the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding gun owners, including the right to defend themselves and their families against criminals.”
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said earlier this month they did not intend to take the lead in revisiting the Safe Commute Act, although they expect the issue to emerge.
…Speaking with reporters last week, Harwell didn’t rule out revisiting the issue but raised the specter of harm to the state’s at-will employment laws.
“I believe there is some movement among individual legislators to look at [whether we can] make some changes to what passed last year,” Harwell said. “We want to be supportive of Tennesseans’ right to own and bear arms.”
But that has to be balanced with business owners’ right to hire and fire at will, she said.
“We’ll try to balance that as we always try to do.”
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said Thursday he’s awaiting developments.
“Unless we get somebody who’s been fired, I don’t know that it’s necessary to take action on it. If one of these big employers does fire somebody as a result, I think we would pass legislation very quickly, and should if that were to happen.”
Note: Harris’ fundraising letter, cited in the TFP article, is below.