Haslam signs Tennessee guns-in-parking-lots bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots.

The Republican governor signed the measure this week.

Both chambers overwhelmingly passed the measure despite opposition from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.

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 the actions of those who ignored posted gun bans on private property, employers could still terminate workers for violating company firearms policies.

Sponsors of the new measure say it clears up legal confusion over the original law.