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It's one of the most talked about issues on Capitol Hill. Now, the so-called guns in trunks bill is on its way to the Governor's desk.
The bill is supposed to allow gun carry permit holders to carry their weapons in their cars on private property, but opponents say it doesn't really change anything.
This bill has been debated on Capitol Hill for two years.
Much of the discussion has been about gun rights versus property owner rights.
Some lawmakers will tell you it's not clear which side won.
There is no question guns are a powerful force.
On Capitol Hill the topic is equally dynamic.
"Ladies and gentleman the bill before you now has drawn a lot of attention," says Rep. Jeremy Faison, (R) Cocke County.
The debate centers on allowing gun carry permit holders to park their cars anywhere with their weapons inside.
"I rise to strongly oppose this bill," says Rep. Johnnie Turner, (D) Memphis.
The legislation would protect carry permit holders who park their vehicles at work or on private property.
As long as the weapon is concealed, a permit holder can not be criminally prosecuted.
Many Democrats oppose the legislation.
"If there's a problem with this bill we need to fix it," says Rep. John Mark Windle, (D) Livingston.
Democrats filed 11 amendments, to try and change it, which didn't sit well with Republicans.
"We cannot turn every bill into a committee hearing of 99 people," says Rep. Gerald McCormick, (R) Chattanooga.
One by one they were all struck down.
The final vote was overwhelming, 72 to 22, the bill passed.
But don't grab your gun just yet. Private property owners, including businesses and schools, can still make their own rules.
Your employer may still prohibit you from keeping a gun in your vehicle, and even fire you if you violate policy.
"I guess what we've done is passed a bill that's Tennessee's equivalent to the bridge to nowhere. We've passed a bill that doesn't do anything," says Rep. Mike Turner, (D) Old Hickory.
But supporters say their intent is to create a new public policy. They want to give permit holders more rights, while still protecting property owners who may not want guns in cars.
"I gave my word to business people and to common sense gun owners. We're going to pass this bill just like this, and it has something for everybody," says Rep. Faison.
Having passed both the House and Senate, this legislation now moves on to the Governor.
A spokesperson says Haslam is likely to sign the bill into law.
But in the end, you may want to check your employee handbook to see what you should do.
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Thursday, February 28 2013, 10:15 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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