'Guns in trunks' bill passes in Tennessee Senate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Guns in trunks' bill passes in Tennessee Senate

(WMC-TV) - Pretty soon you may be locked, loaded, and licensed to drive your gun onto parking lots all across Tennessee.

The "guns in trunks" bill passed the Tennessee Senate with a 28 to 5 vote.  Now, it is headed to the Tennessee House where it is also expected to pass.

"If they want to carry, it's their constitutional right, their second amendment right," said Memphis resident Tom Elledge Jr.

The bill would allow the nearly 372,000 licensed Tennessee gun owners to take their weapons to work, if they are locked in trunks, glove compartments, or other containers.

"I have run into a lot of problems where I needed a gun because I was robbed coming out of the hardware store," said Memphis resident A.J. Bankhead.

The bill also applies to school and college campuses.

"I think it will help bring down the violence rate here in Memphis if more people are carrying them," said Elledge.

Not everyone in Memphis is in favor of the proposed bill.

Memphis-based FedEx voiced its concern saying, "FedEx opposes this legislation. We believe that a property owners right to provide a safe work environment trumps an individuals right to possess a firearm on the owners property."

"More guns are getting in the hands of the wrong people already with all of our gun laws. Bad people are already getting guns because they're not going to obey the law," Elledge continued.

Others fear guns in cars will be a target for more crime.

"Anybody can break in your car and get that gun so by you having it in your car and somebody finding out about it, anything can happen," said Memphis resident Tenigania Code.

The bill, if passed, also includes language meant to protect employers from lawsuits in the event of a workplace shooting or theft.

If passed by the Tennessee House, the bill would go into effect July 1.

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