Employers Leery of New Guns in Parking Lots Law

Employers Leery of New Guns in Parking Lots Law

Tennessee's controversial guns in parking lot bill went into effect Monday. The new state law applies to guns owners who have handgun carry permits.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Tennessee's controversial guns in parking lot bill went into effect Monday. The new state law applies to guns owners who have handgun carry permits.

"It's a bad idea to keep it in your car at work," said Virg Sullivan, who's against the new law.

"I've got a gun in my pocket," stated Bobby Prescott. "I've got a permit to carry it and it's not a bit more dangerous."

The new state law applies to Tennesseans like Prescott. He has a handgun carry permit and now has the legal right to keep his heat in his ride while on the job.

Employers never liked the idea.

"If their political affiliation or philosophy doesn't align with firearms then maybe they don't need to shop there, work there, whatever else," noted business owner Tiger Bryant.

Others mention the possibility of workplace violence.

"Somebody at work you get angry at, you go out to the car and you get out your piece and you come back and start shooting," said Sullivan.

But advocates of the new law, like Prescott, told localmemphis.com, "If somebody comes in here to rob the place, I'll shoot them and consequently I'll protect everybody in here."

Although employers could fire workers who break company rules by bringing a gun onto their property, doing so could land businesses in hot water.

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