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"It's certainly more of a concern than you might otherwise think," said Ozier.
The chair of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce worries what overseas companies might think if state lawmakers pass the so-called "Guns in Trunks" bill.
It gives carry permit holders the right to leave a gun in the car at work even if their employers don't want them to.
"This is a subject that's important to them and when they decide whether to expand an existing operation or put a new operation in they may look at another state that's not as gun friendly," said Ozier.
That's one of several concerns businesses have about the bill as it moves through the legislative process.
A similar bill failed last year but the one this year passed the Judiciary Committee Tuesday and is on it's way to the full Senate.
Ozier hopes lawmakers will consider a few changes before voting on it.
"We'd like to see if an employee brings their gun in under this bill they be required to let the employer know they have a gun in the car," said Ozier.
The bill's sponsor in the Senate, Franklin Republican Jack Johnson, isn't open to that change.
"I'm sympathetic to that but there's also part of me that says what business is it of theirs. It's the inside of their car," said Johnson.
Johnson says supporters have worked hard to make tweaks to this year's version of the bill.
It only allows people with a gun carry permit the right to leave their guns in the car at work but it applies to every employer including colleges.
"People who've attained a handgun carry permit can be trusted. They're law abiding citizens they should be able to keep the gun in the car," said Johnson.
The bill also has to pass the State House.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 11:23 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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