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Haslam 'likely' to sign parking lot guns bill

ERIK SCHELZIG • Feb 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

NASHVILLE — A spokesman says Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is "likely" to sign into law a bill to allow the state's nearly 400,000 handgun carry permit holders to store firearms in their cars no matter where they are parked.

The House on Thursday passed the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby on a 72-22 vote.

Before the vote, Speaker Beth Harwell assured Republican colleagues that the measure is endorsed by the National Rifle Association and that members of the business community are "holding their noses" about its passage despite concerns about security and property rights.

The Senate approved its version of the bill 28-5 in early February.

Haslam had previously raised concerns about the proposal because of property rights questions and greater access to guns on campus.

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