Guns In Workplace Discussion Starting Back Up

(Memphis) Tennessee lawmakers have a lot on their plate when they return to work next week.

One of the most controversial bills they may have to deal with is being proposed by GOP lawmakers and involves guns in the workplace.

The bill is sort of a compromise from last year.

One Knoxville lawmaker calls the proposal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for guns.

Under the plan from State Sen. Stacey Campfield, businesses would still be able to ban guns but they would not be allowed to search a car to check for guns on their property.

Memphian Jim McCarter has a gun permit and thinks this bill is a good idea.

He points to a workplace stabbing at Schnucks grocery in Cordova 6 years ago.

McCarter said, “A man went to his car. Got his gun in the parking lot and ain’t no telling how many people he saved for it because he pulled a gun on him and he said right there, he said hold it. Drop your weapon.”

Still, not every employee likes the idea of loaded guns at work.

 “I’m not sure. I’m just not sure because with all of the things that have happened as far as violence. It’s kind of hard to call on that. It’s just kind of hard to call,” said Joseph Nelson, Memphis.

Those lawmakers pushing for a bill allowing guns in the workplace are likely to get opposition from Memphis based FedEx.

Last year, when the legislature discussed the issue, FedEx sent out a statement, “FedEx opposes this legislation. We believe that a property owner’s right to provide a safe work environment trumps an individual’s right to possess a firearm on the owner’s property.”

Cordova Representative Steve McManus of Cordova is one of the Republican lawmakers leading a study on the new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, gun proposal.”

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