House Democrats Want Amendments To Guns In Parking Lots Bill

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh was joined Wednesday by members of the House Democratic Caucus at a press conference to discuss upcoming amendments to HB118, the ‘Guns in Parking Lots’ bill sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison in the House and Speaker Ron Ramsey in the Senate.

“We know the majority wants to pass this bill and pass it quickly,” said Leader Fitzhugh. “It’s made a mad dash through the Senate and the House, in some cases coming out of committee in less than six minutes.

That’s why we’re here today previewing the amendments and laying out our concerns.”

He said he has introduced seven amendments to the bill. He stated, "These amendments would protect private property rights and promote public safety while still preserving the rights of handgun permit holders to carry their firearms with them."

· Amendment 7—Posting

o Amendment rewrites the bill. Under this amendment, handgun carry permit holders are permitted to carry their gun anywhere in the state, unless otherwise posted.

· Amendment 8—Kyle Amendment

o Directs the department of safety to develop a procedure whereby businesses may seek a waiver from this bill.

· Amendment 9

o Classifies as “verbal assault” an altercation in which a person makes reference to a gun stored in a car on or near the parking area of the property. This would be a class E felony if a gun is not subsequently found in the referenced vehicle and a class D felony if a gun is subsequently found in the referenced vehicle.

· Amendment 10

o States that long-term parking areas—defined here as a parking lot designed for cars to be left for 36 or more hours—are not subject to this bill and instead preserves the right of the property owner to post.

· Amendment number 11—Education

o Exempts elementary schools, colleges and universities, vocational and technology centers, pre-schools and daycares from the bill.

· Amendment 12—People

o Exempts state prisons, local jails, alcohol and drug treatment centers, mental health institutions, hospitals and nursing homes from the bill.

· Amendment 13—Jobs

o Exempts unemployment offices from the bill.

“We are very concerned with the preoccupation the majority party has with guns,” said Leader Fitzhugh. “We still have high unemployment, a huge decision looming on health care and radical changes coming left and right to our education system, yet the majority party has chosen to make this their top priority and marquee issue. There is a fundamental disconnect between the majority party and the people of Tennessee.”


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, KENNETH EUGENE  2705 WOODSIDE DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 49 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED ASSAULT/DOMESTIC --- BALLARD, DEANGELO DEMOND  3103 5TH AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 34 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga AGGRAVATED ... (click for more)

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Predatory Law Firm Targeting Grieving Families

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III on Wednesday announced the filing of a lawsuit against a Texas law firm, its sole attorney, and two investigators working for the firm, in connection with the tragic Woodmore Elementary bus crash. The civil enforcement action, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, alleges that the Witherspoon Law Group PLLC, based in Dallas, ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Knoxville’s Godsend

Back when we were uppity teenagers, the best put-down when a friend started acting crazy was to say to the heathen, “Quit acting like you are from Knoxville!” I don’t know how the term originated but I can say that back in the day it was pretty insulting to be told you were acting like you were from Knoxville. This week I wish that more of us acted like Knoxville. The Knox County ... (click for more)

Sales' Grand Slam Leads Lady Owls To 6-2 Comeback Win

Cheyenne Sales came close to hitting two home runs on Tuesday. She atoned for those close calls a day later with a grand slam in a five-run fourth inning and powered Ooltewah to a 6-2 victory over gritty East Hamilton in District 5-3A softball action at Jim Lovell Field. “That’s the first grand slam I’ve hit this season,” said Sales, who finished with five RBIs. “The pitch ... (click for more)

Red Bank's Kendall Farr Hurls No-Hitter Against Tyner

Kendall Farr was on the money Wednesday afternoon as she hurled a no-hitter and struck out seven as the Red Bank Lionettes blanked Tyner, 10-0, in six innings. Kelsey Peden and Destiny Painter both had two RBIs for the Lionettes while Hannah Wood had a triple and Sami Shrader a double.  Peden also had a double. With Farr improving to 3-2 on the season,, Red Bank finished ... (click for more)