Press release from the Tennessee Firearm Association; March 27, 2012:
Senate Judiciary Hearing on SB3002 – Employee Safe Commute Bill
This key bill was on the Senate Judiciary docket for March 27. Senator Faulk presented the bill and two amendments. It PASSED to Calendar.
Senator Yager said he wanted to roll the bill for another week and that he wanted to offer amendments that he did not have prepared at this time.
Faulk’s Amendment 1. It excludes from application owner occupied residents (even if third parties are employed at the residence), the nuclear facilities, or science and energy national laboratories operated by the federal government. Amended was accepted.
Faulk’s Amendment 2. It changes the scope from citizens to handgun permit holders only. Senator Campfield offered an amendment to include those with hunting licenses also with the intention that hunters age 21 or over with a Tennessee hunting license would be included in this law as well. In addressing the Campfield proposed amendment, Senator Faulk spoke generally in support of including hunters with Tennessee hunting licenses. The Campfield amendment (1 to 2) passes including an affirmative vote from Senator Ford. Amendment 2, as amended to include hunters, carries.
Senator Yager offered Amendment 3. This amendment would exclude all schools (K-12) and universities unless the individual in charge of the school or university elects to essentially “opt out” of the exemption. One thing that is clear from the debate on this topic is that Sen. Yager and Sen. Barnes appear to either have no understanding or no willingness to recognize the limits that Article 1, Section 26 of the Tennessee Constitution place on the Legislature (as referenced by Sen. Campfield) stating that the Legislature only has authority to regulate the wearing of arms “with a view toward crime prevention.” Sen. Marrero expressed concern that the bill was one promoting a vigilantly style environment. The amendment was defeated.