NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Senate is scheduled to hold its first hearing Tuesday on a gun bill that dominated last year's legislative session and caused aftershocks in the ensuing election season.
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville said he wants lawmakers to quickly approve the measure to guarantee people with handgun carry permits to store their firearms in their cars even if parking lot owners object.
The measure backed by the National Rifle Association failed last year amid property rights arguments made by business community. The NRA and other gun rights advocates blamed House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart for the bill's failure and bankrolled a successful effort to oust her in the primary.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he wants the bill to exclude educational institutions.
On Monday, the main House sponsor of the bill said he misspoke when he suggested that he routinely breaks the law.
Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby told WPLN-FM that he's "carried a gun all (his) life," through he's never obtained a state-issued permit.
Faison told The Associated Press on Monday that what he meant to say was that he transports a gun inside his car, which does not require a permit as long as ammunition is stored separately from the firearm.
Faison and Ramsey are the main sponsors of the bill.
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