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Tennessee: NRA-Backed Safe Commute and Employee Protection Bills to be Heard in House Committees This Tuesday

Friday, April 6, 2012

House Bill 3560, the NRA-initiated Safe Commute Act, and House Bill 3559, the Firearm Discrimination Prevention Bill intended to bolster the ultimate implementation of HB 3560, will be heard in the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 10.  These bills will first be heard in subcommittee at 8:00 a.m. and then in full committee at 10:30 a.m.

HB 3560 is sponsored by state Representative Eddie Bass (D-65) and 29 other House members.  It prevents employers, other property owners and government entities from prohibiting Tennesseans from storing their legally possessed firearms out of sight in their locked private vehicle, as long as the vehicle is permitted to be on the property.  This would ensure that gun owners are able to defend themselves during their commute.  Current parking lot prohibitions disarm good citizens during their entire commute, and this is a dangerous injustice that must be ended.  The second bill, HB 3559, prevents employers from discriminating against employees or prospective employees based upon whether they choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Opponents claim that the Safe Commute Act violates private property rights.  The truth is that this legislation finds the perfect balance between the private property rights of vehicle owners with the rights of parking lot owners.  It can be said that these rights intersect literally where the rubber meets the asphalt.  Law-abiding citizens should be able to store legal products, such as firearms, in their personal vehicle while at work without having to worry about losing their job.  And, while the opponents may not consider the right to self-defense an important factor in finding this balance, proponents do.  To learn more about the private property rights interests involved with this legislation, click here.

It is absolutely critical that you contact your state Representative TODAY and ask that he or she strongly support HB 3560 and HB 3559!  Hearing from many constituents is one of the only ways that legislators will find the courage to stand up against anti-gun big businesses, and in favor of the self-defense rights of law-abiding citizens.  Every individual constituent contact is more important than you might imagine.  Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

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