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House panel advances guns bill after 6 minutes

5:36 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A bill to keep businesses, schools and colleges from banning firearms in their parking lots has been approved by a House subcommittee after a six-minute hearing.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby was advanced to the full House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote on Wednesday.

Republican leaders are intent to avoid a repeat of last year's drawn-out fight over the measure opposed by large Tennessee employers like FedEx in Memphis and Volkswagen in Chattanooga.

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

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

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