Gun Measure Doesn't Affect Employment Law

By: Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press Email
By: Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press Email

NASHVILLE, Tennessee Tennessee's attorney general says a state employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers' property despite a new state law.

Gov. Bill Haslam in March signed the measure that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

The signing took place despite questions about whether the legislation affects employment law in Tennessee because the measure would allow workers to store guns in their cars while parked in their employers' parking lots.

In his opinion, Attorney General Robert Cooper wrote that the law "only decriminalizes the carrying and storage of firearms and firearm ammunition" but "has no impact on the employment relations between an employer and an employee."

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