PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) -- State Rep. Eddie Bass, a Democrat who had considered running for re-election as a Republican, is retiring from the General Assembly.
Bass, a former Giles County sheriff, told WKSR-AM on Monday that he is leaving the Legislature to attend to his growing private businesses. He is the eighth Democratic lawmaker to announce his retirement this year.
Bass' flirtation with a party switch may have been thwarted when he angered Republican leaders by sponsoring a gun rights bill that they wanted to push off until next year.
The bill supported by the National Rifle Association would force businesses to allow employees to be allowed to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.
Bass is serving his third term in the state House after first being elected in 2006.
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