Closely watched legislation in Tennessee that would allow guns to be stored in cars – even on someone else’s private property – is headed for a vote in the full state Senate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the so-called “guns in trunks” measure against the wishes of some of the state’s largest employers. Bill Ozier, chairman of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, says plans to expand or invest in the state hinge on whether a corporation can still keep weapons out of their own parking lots.
“It is certainly more of a concern than you might otherwise think," said Ozier.
The bill has yet to begin making its way through the Tennessee House.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is questioning whether Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, really want to see gun control legislation pass this year.
Politico reports McConnell, a Republican from Louisville, said it was "unclear yet as to whether the majority leader wants to bring a gun measure to the floor."
Reid dismissed the notion, saying a gun bill will come out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reid wouldn't say whether or not he supports an assault weapons ban proposed by California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.
A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll shows that a clear majority of Kentuckians believe the right to own guns is more important than the need for increased gun control measures. However, the same poll found small to large majorities favor individual parts of a gun control package championed by President Obama.
Of those surveyed, 65 percent said they believe guns protect law-abiding citizens more than make society more dangerous. Twenty-seven percent disagreed with that statement.
Despite the general support for Second Amendment rights, 56 percent said they favored stricter laws limiting access to firearms.
Other findings from the poll:
75 percent support background checks on gun buyers, even if the sale is between private parties.
65 percent would support a law that requires guns to be registered with the state.
53 percent support a law limiting how much ammunition can be purchased at one time.
51 percent support a limit on how much ammunition a gun can hold at once.