Tennessee lawmakers pass guns-in-parking-lots update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House and Senate have passed a bill to allow workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns parked in company lots.

The Senate passed the measure on a 28-5 vote on Monday evening, and the House later followed suit on a 78-14 vote.

The state in 2013 enacted a law to give handgun carry permit holders the right to store their firearms in vehicles on company lots regardless of their employers’ wishes.

But an attorney general’s opinion later found that while the law decriminalized ignoring posted gun bans on private property, employers could still terminate workers for violating company firearms policies.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville and fellow Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville.