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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
Couple's bodies found in their Blount County home
May 20, 2013 20:14 GMT
LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Blount (blunt) County sheriff's office says preliminary results of autopsies on the bodies of a couple found dead in their home in Louisville (LEW'-ihs-vil) show their deaths are consistent with murder-suicide.
Marian O'Briant said in an email that it appears 54-year-old Steven Adkins shot 53-year-old Rebecca Adkins, then shot himself.
O'Briant said a family member found the bodies Sunday night. It wasn't clear how long they had been dead.
United 787 takes to the skies
HOUSTON (AP) -- United Airlines has one of its 787 aircraft back in the air.
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