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Representative Sherry Jones was the only no vote against the so-called "Guns in Trunks" bill.
The bill now heads to the full committee.
Jones believes what happened Wednesday is a sign opponents have little chance of stopping the bill.
It would allow gun owners with a carry permit the right to keep their firearms locked in the car at work even if their employer doesn't want them to.
"I believe it will pass pretty easily," said Jones. "I can see opportunities for good people to be part of something bad happening."
Of particular concern for opponents is there is no exception for places like hospitals and schools.
Vanderbilt University is among several who are opposing the bill.
"Our biggest concern is it will make it more difficult for our campus law enforcement officers to keep our campus safe because it has the potential to bring more weapons into closer proximity with our campus," said Vanderbilt's Melanie Moran.
The bill's sponsor, Representative Jeremy Faison, says there are no plans to make any exceptions.
Faison says the opponents have nothing to worry about as he says people with a carry permit can be trusted to leave their guns in the trunk.
"We don't have any crime from people who are permit holders. They have proven to society that they are worthy to carry a gun. They pass TBI background checks, they've stood in front of people shot a gun. Showed they know what they're doing," said Faison.
Wednesday, February 13 2013, 10:39 PM CST
Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
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