House takes up parking lot guns bill on Wednesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- House leaders who last year fended off a bill to overrule businesses seeking to ban firearms in their parking lots appear to be giving up the fight.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says he and fellow Republicans just want to put the measure behind them so they can move on to other more pressing issues.

In McCormick's words: "We can argue about it and then pass it, or we can just pass it."

The bill that passed the Senate on a 28-5 vote this week is up for its first House committee hearing on Wednesday.

The measure opposed by the likes of FedEx and Volkswagen would allow people with handgun carry permits to store loaded firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked.

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